A 66-year-old Wishek, N.D., man is dead after drowning at a landfill near Wishek Wednesday, according to Laurie Spitzer, McIntosh County sheriff.
The man was taking water samples at a leachate or chemical pond at Jahner Landfill near Wishek when he fell into the pond and drowned, Spitzer said. It is unknown when he fell into the pond, but he was alone at the time of the drowning and was not an employee of the city of Wishek, she said.
The Stutsman County remote operated team was called to the scene Wednesday morning. Officers used the remote operated vehicle to locate the body and remove it from the pond, according to Sheldon Mohr, a member of the ROV team.
Spitzer said the pond is roughly the size of a football field and up to 20 feet deep. The pond accumulates water that has leached through the landfill and is considered hazardous, according to Jim Reuther, Jamestown fire chief.
The victim’s name has not yet been released, Spitzer said. His name is expected to be released Friday, he said.