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Teen drowns in northern Minnesota lake after taking life vest off

The 18-year-old was trying to reach a floating dock.

A teenager drowned while swimming in northern Minnesota shortly after taking his life vest off.

The 18-year-old male was in Twin Lakes, in Morse Township, on Tuesday evening around 6:30 p.m., when he drowned trying to swim out to a floating dock.

Witnesses told the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said he had earlier swam out to the dock in the lake while wearing a life vest.

After returning to shore, he said he "felt confident he could make it again out to the floating dock without a life vest."

As he reached the dock, he sank into the lake and was pulled out around 30 minutes later by the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

Life saving efforts were unsuccessful.

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The teenager's name has not yet been released, pending family notifcation.

Twin Lakes is about 10 miles northwest of Ely.

As of July 31, there have been 16 non-boating drownings reported in Minnesota in 2018, according to Minnesota Department of Safety statistics.

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