MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities in northern Minnesota say a 56-year-old man drowned Saturday while trying to save his dog in a watered-filled mining pit.
Gary Paternoster, of Buhl, died shortly after 6 p.m. after he was recovered from the Buhl pit, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said.READ MORE: 'It’s Just Heartbreaking': Prayer And Grief Highlight Vigil For Eli Hart
While Paternoster still had a pulse when he was pulled from the water, he was pronounced dead at a Hibbing hospital not long after.READ MORE: Home Team: The Storied Career Of 82-Year-Old Umpire Bill Peterson
The sheriff’s office says Paternoster entered the pit at the end of State Street in an attempt to rescue his dog, who’d been caught on something in the water.MORE NEWS: Man Cited After Being Caught Sunbathing Atop Elementary School Roof
Paternoster’s death is under investigation.