5-year-old drowns in Chisago County, his life jacket still on the dock
By Katie Humphrey, Star Tribune
Tragedy struck on two Minnesota lakes this week, with a 5-year-old boy drowning Tuesday in Chisago County and a man still missing Wednesday, two days after his unoccupied pontoon boat was found adrift in Forest Lake.
Investigators said Matthew Siefert, 5, of Rush City drowned after falling into Round Lake when he went to a dock to get a life jacket.
The Sieferts, who were visiting relatives and friends, had told Matthew that he needed to wear a life jacket to go swimming in the lake. A short time later, they could not find him, according to a news release from the Chisago County Sheriff's Office.
County dispatchers received a report of a missing child at 7:16 p.m. Deputies were on their way when family members and friends searching for Matthew pulled him from the water, which was 12 to 14 feet deep at the end of the dock.
A family member and a friend began CPR, but medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene. His life jacket was on the dock.
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