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Body of man recovered from Chester Creek

Rescue team members walk toward Chester Creek by the bridge on East Ninth Street Tuesday afternoon after a call came in about a man in the water. Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com. 1 / 4
A sheriff's deputy walks on the Chester Park trail near the bridge on East Ninth Street Tuesday afternoon. Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com. 2 / 4
Rescue team members gather on the bridge on East Ninth Street to survey Chester Creek after a call came in about a man in the water Tuesday afternoon. Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com. 3 / 4
Rescue team members look down at Chester Creek from the bridge on East Ninth Street Tuesday afternoon after a call came in about a man in the water. Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com. 4 / 4

First responders recovered the body of a man from Chester Creek on Tuesday afternoon near the bridge on East Ninth Street.

The man could not immediately be identified and it was not known Tuesday afternoon how long he was in the water, St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips said.

Lt. Tim Jazdzewski of the Duluth Police Department said the incident was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

The body was first reported around 4:32 p.m. by someone passing by. The steep incline, snow and ice made recovery of the body difficult, Phillips said.

Others have been found dead in Chester Creek in recent years, including three men who attended the University of Minnesota Duluth. A 21-year-old student died in 2004 after falling from a ledge to the rocks below near the same bridge. Both a 22-year-old student in 2015 and a 19-year-old student in 2001 were found in the creek. At least four other UMD students have been injured in the past two decades in falls into the ravine from the popular walking trails that students use to get from the UMD area down to Fourth Street.

To get help

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text MN to 741741

South St. Louis, Lake, Cook & Carlton counties/Fond du Lac Band: (218) 623-1800 or (844) 772-4742

North St. Louis County/Bois Forte Band: (218) 288-2100

Itasca County: (218) 326-8565 or 211*

Koochiching County: (800) 442-8565 or 211*

*St. Louis County 211 services are not crisis-related