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Water Rescue

Posted: 07/07/2020

Category: County Sheriff Press Release

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Case Number: 20007279

Date Reported: 7/3/2020 at 2308 hours

Incident: Water Rescue

Location: 2601 Co Rd 38 NE, Carlos, MN

Complainant/Victim: Javier Miguel Castro, age 30 of Alexandria, MN

Case Details:

**UPDATE**
On 07/03/2020 at approximately 2308 hours, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible drowning on the north end of Lake Carlos near Carlos State Park. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Dive Rescue Team and numerous other emergency responders were dispatched to the scene.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Ottertail County Water Patrol Unit, Pope County Search and Rescue, Life Link III, Carlos First Responders, Carlos Fire Department, North Ambulance and the Lake Carlos State Park Rangers.

On Sunday, July 5th, 2020, at approximately 1000 hours, the Douglas County Dive Rescue Team located a male subject underwater in Lake Carlos near the Lake Carlos State Park. The subject matched the description of the reported missing person. The subject will be transported to the Midwest Medical Examiners Office for identification and cause of death determination. The drowning victim has been identified as 30 year old Javier Miguel Castro of Alexandria, MN.

Original Post:
On July 3
rd, 2020, at 11:08pm, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a report of a possible drowning on the north end of Lake Carlos near the Carlos State Park. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, along with other emergency responders were dispatched to the scene. Information was received of an adult male that fell off a pontoon into the water. Witnesses stated they could see splashing briefly before losing sight of him. The Douglas County Dive Team was assisted on the water by the Ottertail County Dive Team and the Pope County Search and Rescue. Link Link III assisted with an aerial search shortly after the call was received, then again shortly after sunrise. The Carlos First Responders and Carlos Fire Department assisted with a ground search of the shoreline on the north end of Lake Carlos near the State Park. The victim has not yet been located but recovery efforts are still underway.

This incident is under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office wants to thank the public for giving our responders the necessary room to perform our search efforts.  

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has used assistance from the Ottertail County Dive Team, Pope County Search and Rescue, Life Link III, Carlos First Responders, Carlos Fire Department, North Ambulance and Carlos State Park Rangers.

Officer: Sheriff Troy Wolbersen

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