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Name released after man drowns trying to save niece

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PELLA (AP) -

Authorities say a Minnesota man has drowned trying to save his 7-year-old niece at Lake Red Rock at the Des Moines River in central Iowa.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the incident happened around 3 p.m. Friday.

Authorities say the girl had been playing on the water's edge and ventured into deeper water. Her uncle, 42-year-old Cha Charles Lee, of St. Paul, tried to help the girl, but also went under the water.

Officials say a boater pulled the girl to safety and was able to resuscitate her. She was taken to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines in stable condition.

A Pleasantville dive team found Lee's body about 20 yards away after a two-hour search.

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