HENRY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities in Codington County have identified a 56-year-old man who drowned while netting minnows in a slough near Henry.

KXLG radio reports that the victim has been identified as Dean Carl Mertins of Waterville, Minn.

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The sheriff’s office says Mertins’ boat drifted from shore Thursday morning, so he swam after it but drowned.

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Witnesses called in the incident, and divers from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department and Codington County Search and Rescue were able to recover the body.

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