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UPDATE: ODNR will investigate drowning at Mosquito Lake that claimed the life of a duck hunter


BAZETTA TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be conducting an investigation into the fatal drowning of 35-year-old Daniel Khalil.

The attorney in the oil and gas industry was duck hunting Saturday morning on Mosquito Lake with two friends who had moved here recently from Louisiana.

At about 6:40 a.m. other duck hunters on land called 911 after hearing people yelling in distress.

Firefighters from the Mecca Department rescued the two men.

Kahlil's body was discovered after an 11 hour search by about a dozen departments.

Authorities say there are many things that may have contributed to the drowning when their boat took on water and sunk.

"In this temperature on the lake you have to be in cold weather water gear; dry suits and vests. Most important, this is the second drowning this year on the lake," said Chief Dennis Lewis from the Bazetta Township Fire Department.

The lake is shallow so sand bars and tree trunks are hazards that can crop up and turn an outing into a deadly situation.

The warning posted outside the lake advises everyone to wear a personal flotation device since all 73 people who have drowned in Mosquito Lake were not wearing a flotation device.

The Bazetta Fire Department says Kahlil, who is the 74th person to lose his life, did not have a personal floatation device.

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