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Man drowns in Isle Lamotte

ISLE LAMOTTE — Authorities say they are investigating an apparent drowning that occurred in Isle Lamotte on Sunday.

The incident took place in Lake Champlain on East Shore Road at around 4:30 p.m.

State Police were notified that a man, later identified as Lothar Frei, 84, of Kirkland, Quebec, had been pulled unresponsive from the water by family and neighbors at around 5:40 p.m.

Police say that Frei had been swimming to a dock a short distance from the shore when he suddenly stopped swimming and went under the water.

A family member on the shore observed this and called for help.

After several minutes, they located Frei in the water, and with the help of a kayak, pulled him to shore.

Lifesaving measures were immediately deployed, and 911 dispatched Alburgh Rescue.

Despite their best efforts, police say Frei was ultimately pronounced deceased by Alburgh Rescue.

The incident appears to be an accidental drowning.

The victim’s body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

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