Sturchler’s Pit Drowning

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Sturchler’s Pit Drowning

Newell, IA (KICD)–A Newell man is dead following a Monday evening drowning incident at Sturchler’s Pit.

The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office received word of the drowning at 8:12 last evening.  49-year-old Kurtis Kruse was swimming when he slipped beneath the water and did not resurface.  Attempts by on scene witnesses to locate Kruse were unsuccessful.  Rescue units were called on scene for  the search and Kruse’s body was recovered at approximately 9:40 p.m.

Kruse’s body has been taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

Agencies assisting include the Iowa DNR, Newell Fire, Ambulance, and Police, Storm Lake Fire, Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Reserves, Paramedics, and the County Medical Examiner.

The incident remains under investigation.