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Body of missing boater in Cass County recovered

BACKUS -- Authorities said the body of a missing boater was recovered Wednesday from a Cass County lake.

The Cass County Sheriff's office received a report at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday of two people thrown from a boat on Hay Lake, located in Ponto Lake Township, northeast of Backus.

Responders and deputies arrived and located a man who was operating the boat. He was transported to shore and treated on scene for minor injuries.

However, a second man on the boat was not found and search efforts continued Tuesday into Wednesday afternoon. The man’s body was discovered at about 4:20 p.m., according to a release from Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch. The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members. Assisting at the scene was the Lakes Area Dive Team and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.