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Two die after rescue from car in Lake Minnetonka

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Officials say the two people who were rescued from a submerged car on Lake Minnetonka on Saturday have died.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner identified the victims as 31-year-old Harland Dietrich and 87-year-old Mary Ann Haram, both of Maple Grove. Officials believe the two are related.

The official cause of death for both Dietrich and Haram was drowning.

At about 2:25 p.m., the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a man who reported his car was sinking in Lake Minnetonka.

Emergency response teams arrived under Gray's Bay Bridge, where the water was approximately ten feet deep. Officials estimate the two spent nearly an hour in the water.

Divers first recovered the man from the submerged car and he was airlifted to HCMC. The elderly woman was rescued a short time later and transported by ambulance. Both were listed in critical condition.

"They were unconscious and not breathing upon recovery," explained Maj. Darell Huggett.

The Sheriff's Office Dive Team rescued a man from the submerged car. He was flown by helicopter to the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Officials say this is the 14th incident where a vehicle or snowmobile had broken through the ice on Lake Minnetonka so far this year -- and all but one have taken place on channels or pressure ridges.

"The channels are not safe," Huggett warned. "Our deputies are out there every day marking thin ice signs."

A benefit fund for the two victims has been established at Wells Fargo under the name "Harland Dietrich Memorial Fund."

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