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A Fridley man died after drowning while trying to rescue his two children in Moore Lake over the weekend.

According to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Leland Michael Morris was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center Sunday, June 6, after drowning near Moore Lake Park Beach in Fridley. He was declared dead overnight.

At 5:15 p.m. June 6 the Fridley Police Department, Columbia Heights Police Department, Fridley Fire Department and Allina EMS responded to a report of an individual drowning in East Moore Lake.

Morris’ two children were reportedly in the lake on flotation devices and struggling to get back to shore. Morris attempted to swim out to assist them when he went under water and did not resurface, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The children’s mother and other bystanders were able to bring the children back to shore without any injuries.

Responders from the Fridley Police and Fire Departments attempted to locate the male, but were unsuccessful. Divers with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit arrived on scene and quickly located Morris, who was underwater and unresponsive, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

This incident is under investigation by the Fridley Police Department, Hennepin County Medical Examiner and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.


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