Man drowns in lake after jumping in to help girlfriend

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A Minnesota man drowned after he jumped off a boat to try to help his girlfriend struggling in the water, authorities said.

Matthew Brust, 36, took a heroic plunge on Saturday evening after his girlfriend fell overboard on Crystal Lake in Burnsville, the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

“She was able to climb back into the boat, however he struggled in the water as the boat drifted away from him,” the release said.

Matthew Brust took a heroic plunge on May 30, 2021 after his girlfriend fell overboard.
Matthew Brust took a heroic plunge on May 30, 2021 after his girlfriend fell overboard.
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Police managed to recover Brust's body around 11:25 pm according to the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.
Police managed to recover Brust’s body around 11:25 pm according to the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.
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According to police, Brust’s girlfriend went overboard and was struggling to stay afloat.

“He went under water and did not resurface.”

The sheriff’s office dive team searched for Brust, a Burnsville resident, for several hours.

They were able to recover his body at about 11:25 that night, according to the release.

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