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Park Rapids man dies despite rescue

Despite the heroic efforts of numerous officers Sunday evening, a Park Rapids man pulled from Fish Hook Lake died Thursday morning.

Walter "Jim" James Kimble, 79, was resuscitated by officers and ambulance personnel after his children noticed he'd disappeared while swimming.

Kimble's daughter and son swam out into the lake and pulled Kimble to shore. He was 40 to 50 yards out, the sheriff's report stated. It was around 7 p.m.

Kimble was airlifted to a Fargo hospital where he apparently never regained consciousness.

Nine officers from the State Patrol, Hubbard County Sheriff's Department and Park Rapids police responded along with North Memorial Ambulance personnel.

The funeral service is being planned for Saturday, July 16, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Presbyterian Church in Park Rapids.

Kimble was recently in the Enterprise offices where he took special pride in the fact that his tiny parish had raised a substantial sum for the local Food Shelf.

In a second weekend incident, a 3-year-old girl was pulled from Lake Benedict after she apparently jumped off a dock without her life preserver on. She was found face down in the water at the end of a dock Sunday just after 5:30 p.m.

The parents, William and Kristin Poteet, rushed the girl to the ambulance garage in Walker where emergency medical personnel there worked on her. The child was already starting to come around, the sheriff's report stated.

The girl was eventually taken to St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids, where she was seen and released.

The parents told authorities the girl had recently taken swim lessons using a life preserver and had been practicing jumping off the dock with her life jacket on.

She apparently forgot she'd taken the life jacket off when she jumped off the dock.

Sarah Smith

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

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