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Man drowns attempting to save dog on South Lake Lida near Pelican Rapids

Eric Fife was boating with friends when he entered the water to help his dog, which had jumped off the boat and into the lake.

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PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — A 48-year-old Pelican Rapids man died Saturday, June 18, after he tried to rescue his dog after it fell into South Lida Lake, east of Pelican Rapids, according to a report released by the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

According to the report:

The sheriff's office received a call about 1:16 p.m. Saturday of a possible drowning.

It was learned that Eric Fife was boating with friends when he entered the water to help his dog, which had jumped off the boat and into the lake.

Moments later, it became clear to his friends that Fife was in distress and struggling to stay above water.

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A friend entered the water and pulled both Fife and his dog back to the boat, where efforts were made to provide Fife with CPR until first responders arrived at a nearby lake access and took over efforts to revive Fife.

However, those efforts were not successful and Fife died at the scene, the sheriff's office report said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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