Updated May 1, 2021
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released new information about Danny Haak, the man who died after a water-related incident on Lake Ida Saturday, May 1.
After further investigation into the case and from autopsy results provided by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey, it is believed that Haak, 59, of Alexandria, suffered a medical-related event prior to entering the water, according to the sheriff’s office.
The news release stated that the medical condition is believed to be the contributing factor of why Haak ended up in the water, and drowning is not considered to be the manner of death.
Authorities identify the man they say apparently drowned in Lake Ida Saturday afternoon. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says the victim is 59-year-old Danny Haak of Alexandria. The 911 call came in shortly before 5 o’clock that there was a man in the water.
He was brought to shore by neighbors and CPR was started. Emergency responders arrived and continued CPR and life-saving measures but were unsuccessful. The man was found around 30 to 40 feet from shore and in four to eight feet of water.
He was not wearing a life vest. Authorities said it’s unclear how Haak ended up in the water. He was located near shore and the dock he had launched his boat from, according to the sheriff’s office.
This case remains under investigation.