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Update: 19-year-old Worthington man drowned Monday afternoon in Lake Okabena

Body was recovered shortly before 6 p.m.

Nobles County Sheriff's Office dive team members search for a drowning victim at Sailboard Beach on Lake Okabena Monday afternoon, July 11, 2022.
Nobles County Sheriff's Office dive team members search for a drowning victim at Sailboard Beach on Lake Okabena Monday afternoon, July 11, 2022.
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WORTHINGTON — A 19-year-old Worthington man drowned in approximately 10 feet of water off the shoreline of Sailboard Beach in Lake Okabena Monday afternoon.

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The Worthington Fire Department, Worthington Police and Nobles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the reported drowning at 4:24 p.m. At the scene, they were informed a 19-year-old male was swimming and had gone under the water and not resurfaced.

At approximately 5:46 p.m., an unresponsive male was recovered from the water by the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and Worthington Fire Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Nobles County Sheriff Ryan Kruger.

During the search, law enforcement officers closed a portion of Lake Street to traffic, using yellow police tape to block off the area near Sailboard Beach.

Nobles County Sheriff's search and rescue aids Worthington Fire Department and Worthington police Departments in search for drowning victim in Lake Okabena at Sailbord beach Monday afternoon.
Nobles County Sheriff's Office search and rescue aids the Worthington Fire and Police departments in searching for a drowning victim near Sailboard Beach on Lake Okabena late Monday afternoon, July 11, 2022.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Several agencies responded to the call, including the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Worthington Police Department, Worthington Fire and Rescue, Sanford Ambulance and Luverne Fire and Rescue. Several community members assisted with the search as well.

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Original Post:
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Fire Department, Worthington Police and Nobles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported drowning near Sailboard Beach on Lake Okabena late Monday afternoon.

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene at 4:24 p.m. to the report of a possible drowning. Lake Street was closed to traffic and police tape was used to block off the area near Sailboard Beach as dive team members conducted a search.

Benson Funeral Home responded to the scene at approximately 6 p.m.

The Globe will continue to follow this story and report as more details become available.

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