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Man drowns while reportedly noodling at Longview Lake

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JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

A late night swim at Longview Lake went horribly wrong for one group of friends.

The body of 26-year-old Brett K. Baslee was pulled from the water very early Saturday morning.

It was originally thought by authorities that he was out noodling at the lake. It's a type of fishing where you venture into usually shallow water, but sometimes as deep as 20 feet, and you reach into a catfish hole, hoping to get the catfish to latch on to your arm so you can pull it out. Other times the fish can be grabbed by the gills.

A spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Conservation later denied the original idea after speaking with the investigating officer.

Baslee was part of a group of friends at the lake. They said he went out into the water and didn't return. His disappearance prompted a search and his body was found an hour later, about 1 a.m.

Baslee was found reportedly about 200 feet away from the shore. His friends said he wasn't a good swimmer.

Swimming is not allowed at Longview Lake, unless it's from an anchored boat. The lake stretches a couple of miles, running parallel to Raytown Road, between East 109th Street and Southwest Scherer Road.

The Missouri Department of Conservation said noodling is illegal in Missouri.

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