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Forum staff reports , Published July 05 2013

Breckenridge man in critical condition after head-first dive from dock

PERHAM, Minn. – A Breckenridge man was listed in critical condition Friday after taking a dive head first off a dock on Otter Tail Lake.

Gene Erickson, 35, dove into 3-foot deep water Thursday on the east side of Otter Tail Lake, according to a news release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office. A witness noticed Erickson became unconscious after the dive and brought him to shore.

He was alert for a “short period of time” before he stopped breathing and lost his pulse. Bystanders performed CPR and his pulse and breathing were restored.

Otter Tail Lake is about 18 miles south of Perham.

Erickson was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in the Twin Cities for treatment, according to the report.