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Update:

A 57-year-old man has now died after he went underwater in a Sargent County slough.

William VanderVoort was swimming in the Kraft Slough, which is 10 miles northwest of Cogswell.

VanderVoort went under water and was not found for at least 20 minutes.

He was taken to Sanford Hospital in Fargo with life-threatening injuries.

The Sargent County sheriff says VanderVoort has now died.

Original Story:

COGSWELL, N.D. (WDAY/WDAZ) - A 57-year-old man nearly drowned Sunday night while swimming with friends northwest of Cogswell, North Dakota and authorities believe a medical condition may have been a factor in the incident.

William VanderVoort was swimming in the Kraft Slough, which is 10 miles northwest of Cogswell.

His friends called 911 after 6 p.m. on Sunday when they lost VanderVoort in the water.

VanderVoort’s friends say he was under water for at least 20 minutes.

The sheriff's office says the slough is 8 to 10 feet deep.

VanderVoort was recovered from the water by rescue crews.

He was taken to the Oakes Hospital, and then transported to Sanford in Fargo.

The Sargent County Sheriff, Travis Paeper, spoke to the victim’s family this morning and they told him VanderVoort is currently in intensive care.

The sheriff said foul play is not suspected and a medical condition may have initiated the incident.

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