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Omaha man dies in drowning accident near Spirit Lake

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office investigated a drowning on Wednesday.

At approximately 11:26 a.m., the sheriff’s office responded to a 911 call on the west shore of East Lake Okoboji in the 16000 block of 255th Avenue in the Francis Sites area of rural Spirit Lake. The call was for a male that was having trouble staying up and had gone underwater.

Brandon J. Urban, 41, of Omaha, Nebraska, had swam to his son’s location. His son had fallen off of a paddle board and became entangled in weeds. Brandon Urban freed the boy from the weeds and then became entangled himself. He was unable to stay above water and went under. Urban was not wearing a life jacket.

Friends of Urban were able to locate him underwater and brought him to shore. Lifesaving measures were administered at the scene. Urban was transported by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare, where lifesaving measures continued until he was pronounced dead.

The incident remains under investigation.

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