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Death investigation underway at France Park cliffs

CASS COUNTY, Ind. — Indiana Conservation Officers are looking into a suspected drowning on Wednesday afternoon at France Park.

Around 1:50 p.m., Cass County dispatchers received a report of a man in the water. A woman and man who had been kayaking nearby heard yelling from a man on a rock ledge above, officials say.

According to the press release, the kayakers observed the man jump into the water from the ledge and paddled toward him in an attempt to render aid.

The kayakers located the struggling victim in the water and threw a floatation device to him. The man eventually became unresponsive, according to the press release.

Officials say the kayakers were able to grab the victim and keep him at the water’s surface until first responders arrived by boat.

The Logansport Fire Department transported him to an area of the beach where he was pronounced dead at the scene by Cass County EMS.

The cliff is around 63 feet from the water’s surface, according to a preliminary investigation.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.

The cause and manner of death are under investigation.

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