Hastings photographer identified as Crystal Lake drowning victim

Fire chief: Man drowns in Crystal Lake near Hastings. (NTV News)

A Hastings man drowned in Crystal Lake Recreation Area near Ayr on Friday afternoon, according to the Adams County Sheriff's Department.

67-year-old Loren Winkelbauer was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was recovered from the lake at 5:05 p.m.

Hastings Fire Chief Kent Gilbert said firefighters went into the water to look for the victim, and then requested a helicopter from Hastings before locating the body.

Gilbert said authorities don't suspect foul play.

Police say Winkelbauer was camping at the park when his hat blew into the water. He waded into the water to retrieve his hat, but he did not resurface.

Hastings Rural Fire Department, Hastings Fire and Rescue, Adams County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska State Patrol, and the Nebraska Game and Parks assisted in the incident.

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