BUHL, Minn. — Authorities in northeastern Minnesota say a man has drowned while trying to rescue his dog from a water-filled mining pit.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says 56-year-old Gary Paternoster died after he was pulled from the water in Buhl Saturday evening.

WCCO -TV reports the man’s dog had been caught on something in the water and he was trying to save his pet.

Officials say Paternoster was pronounced dead at a hospital in Hibbing.

Information from: WCCO-TV, http://www.wcco.com

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