UPDATE: 20-year-old drowns after jumping off pontoon in Detroit Lakes

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Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 8:45 PM CDT
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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (Valley News Live) - A young man is dead after jumping off of a pontoon on Big Detroit Lake.

The Becker County Sheriff’s Department says the man went into the water just south of the Holiday Inn around 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

Sheriff Todd Glander says the response was quick as an officer was close by on a boat, adding several agencies and private citizens helped look for the man. The body of 20-year-old Jette Kriston Frandson of Fergus Falls, Minnesota was recovered by a dive team about three hours later. Sheriff Glander says Frandson was found in about 29 feet of water and pronounced dead at the scene.

The others on the pontoon said Frandson jumped off the pontoon and the wind began to push the pontoon away from Frandson, who then began to struggle. All three friends said they jumped into the water at separate times to try and rescue Frandson. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Detroit Lakes Police, Highway Patrol, Detroit Lakes Fire Department, Becker County Dive Rescue, Valley Water Rescue, Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the DNR, and personnel from the Holiday Inn and TS Dock and Lift all helped on the scene for several hours.

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