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Willmar man apparent drowning victim in Hubbard County

A Willmar man apparently drowned on Lower Bottle Lake Wednesday night.

According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department, 75-year-old William Naylor was working on his boat when he fell off the lift into the water shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Naylor's wife and a neighbor tried to resuscitate him, the sheriff's department said. Nevis First Responders took over but were unable to revive him.

His body was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office to determine a cause of death. Lower Bottle Lake is northeast of Park Rapids.

The accident remains under investigation.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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