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Body of missing 20-year-old canoer recovered from Gervais Lake; two others in hospital

According to officials, a canoe with three occupants tipped Tuesday evening near Little Canada. Two passengers were pulled to safety, while the third went under.
Credit: David Peterlinz, KARE

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. — Crews have recovered the body of a canoer from Gervais Lake in Little Canada after his craft capsized Tuesday night with three people inside.  

A spokesman for the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office confirms that dive and water patrol teams located the 20-year-old man's body just before midnight. The victim has been identified as Shueming Yang. His family was on scene and was notified by deputies.

First responders were called to Gervais Lake shortly after 7:30 p.m. on reports of three people in the water. Two people in the canoe, an adult male and a juvenile male, resurfaced and were taken to an area hospital. 

The third person disappeared below the surface and did not come back up. Dive and water rescue teams attempted to locate him, but the mission soon became one of recovery. 

Nearly four hours later recovery crews found the man's body, and he was transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.