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Hay Township – Authorities say the body of a woman who died while apparently trying to retrieve a paddleboat from a mid-Michigan lake has been recovered.

The Gladwin County sheriff’s office says the body of 68-year-old Barbara Ogg was found Saturday along the shoreline of Smallwood Lake in Hay Township. Her body was attached to the boat with a rope.

Investigators say they believe Ogg waded into the water after spotting the boat adrift and wrapped the rope from the boat around her arm. She was wearing waders and a life jacket, but they say the waders filled with water and the life jacket came off.

Authorities believe her body was in the water more than a week. Preliminary information says it’s an accidental drowning.

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