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Update: Body Recovered from Swan Lake in Pengilly

By KBJR News 1

July 3, 2012 Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM CDT

Pengilly, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The body of a 49-year-old Goodland man has been recovered from Swan Lake in Pengilly, MN.

The Itasca County Sheriff has identified the man as Roy Jasper Flug of rural Goodland.

On July 2nd around 8:20pm, the Itasca County Sheriff's Department responded to a call of a capsized boat under the Highway 65 bridge on Swan Lake, about ten miles south of Nashwuak, MN.

The person who called 911 said he was able to swim to shore, however his friend Flug, who was also on the boat, was swept out by the high winds and the current.

Flug was not wearing a life jacket and was not able to reach the shore.

"The eye witness that was on scene said that they tied their rope to the pylon, as the wind force pulled the rope and pulled on the boat, the boat pushed into the water and was taking in water and eventually succumbed to the water and went in," Itasca County Sherriff Vic Williams said.

Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies, Itasca County Search and Rescue, Nashwauk Fire Department and Nashwauk Dive Team responded to the scene and searched until dark.

Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies, Itasca County Search and Rescue and Minnesota DNR resumed the search at first light on July 3rd.

Around 8:30 in the morning, officials recovered Flug from eight and half feet of water.

His body was transported by Nashwauk Ambulance to the Grand Itasca Hospital morgue.

If you are boating on the water and caught in a sudden storm, officials say it's best to first put a life jacket on, and get to shore as soon as possible.

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