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CLEVELAND –  A  37-year-old man has died after being pulled out of the water earlier Sunday afternoon.

According to Cleveland Metroparks Director of Communications Rick Haase, the man was near the East 72nd fishing area around 1:40 p.m. Investigators say he was with his fiance at the time.

Rangers were asked to assist a man in distress around 2:10 p.m. and the U.S. Coast Guard pulled him from the water about 30 feet from shore around 2:30 p.m. The Coast Guard boat was already on the water nearby doing a rescue training exercise and responded to the call.

“We were actually training for man overboards, so it was actually this particular scenario we were training for,” U.S. Coast Guard Brandon Zuvala said.

Zuvala said he first noticed the victim’s bright shirt under the water. The crew pulled the man, who was still alive at the time, into the boat and began CPR.

He passed away shortly after 3 p.m.

It appears the man drowned, but it is still being investigated.

“Depending how long you’re in the water, hypothermia can set in pretty fast,” Cleveland Division of Fire spokesman Larry Gray said. “The water’s nothing to play with. There are undercurrents, undertows that people don’t think about.”

There are no signs of foul play.

The Coast Guard also reminded boaters to take safety precautions by checking equipment, wearing life jackets and notifying others of boating plans. Saturday marked the state of National Safe Boating Week.

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