MORTON, Minn. — The bodies of two men, involved in separate incidents, were pulled from the Minnesota River on Sunday, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office says.
The identities of the individuals have not been released and the incidents remain under investigation.
The first report came in around 2:58 p.m. Sunday, when the sheriff’s office received a 911 call about a body caught in a logjam on the river between Franklin and Morton. Both the Renville County and Redwood County sheriff’s offices and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene.
The body of an adult male was located and recovered. The body was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and investigation into the cause and manner of death.
The second incident occurred around 5:23 p.m. Sunday when the sheriff’s office again received a 911 call, this one reporting a person who was drowning in the river near Vicksburg County Park, south of the city of Renville.
On the scene it was learned that a young man had been with family and swimming in the river. The man had not been wearing a life jacket and had begun to struggle in the water before disappearing. Emergency responders launched several boats and began searching.
The victim was pulled from the water around 7:40 p.m. and resuscitation attempts were begun before he was transported to the hospital in Redwood Falls. He was pronounced dead there.