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Man Drowns While Fishing In Retention Pond

Last updated on Sunday, July 29, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A man fishing with a friend at a southeast side retention pond drowned Saturday after getting in the water to cool off, investigators said.

Firefighters were called to a pond in the West Brooke subdivision behind 7241 Bobcat Trail just after 3:30 p.m. on a report of a possible drowning.

Members of the dive team located the victim in less than five minutes about 20 feet from shore in 10 feet of water, said Indianapolis Fire Department Capt. Rita Burris.

The 51-year-old man was taken to St. Francis South Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Robbie Payton, who was fishing with the victim, told firefighters that the pair often fished for catfish at the retention pond.

He said he and his friend had both had several drinks before the incident, but insisted that the man, who said he wanted to cool off in the water, was a good swimmer.

Two neighbors saw the man go under and jumped into the water to try to help.

The victim's name wasn't immediately released.

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