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Omaha man drowns after saving son in East Lake Okoboji

Omaha man drowns after saving son in East Lake Okoboji

An Omaha man became entangled in weeds in East Lake Okoboji and drowned Wednesday morning after saving his son from the very same weeds, according to local law enforcement.

Brandon J. Urban, 41, was at the lake in northwest Iowa when his son fell off a paddleboard and became entangled in weeds, according to the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office. He swam out to his son’s location and freed the boy, but Urban became entangled himself and was unable to remain above water.

He was not wearing a life jacket, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responded around 11:25 a.m. after receiving a report of a man who was struggling and disappeared below the water off the west shore of East Lake Okoboji near Francis Sites Drive in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Urban’s friends managed to locate him underwater and brought him to the shore.

First responders tried to revive Urban at the scene and as he was taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The incident remains under investigation.

Urban worked at First Westroads Bank.

"Our entire family at First Westroads Bank is shocked and saddened by the news of Brandon Urban’s passing," Chris Murphy, the bank's chairman and CEO, said in a prepared statement. "He has been a key part of our team since 2013. He was recognized as one of our superstars and admired by his peers. Customers appreciated his advice and counsel in helping their business grow and prosper. Our hearts go out to his family, his wife Kelsey, and three wonderful children."

Omaha World-Herald: Afternoon Update

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