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Teenage football player drowns in Miners Lake in Ely

The tragic accident happened Monday afternoon.

An 18-year-old college football player drowned while swimming in northern Minnesota on Labor Day.

The accident happened on Miners Lake, in Ely, when Sean Giles Jr. disappeared under the water while swimming at around 3:50 p.m.

He had been with a group of friends near a boat landing on the north side of the lake at the time.

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad found him submerged in the water 20 minutes later. He was pulled to shore and taken to the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Giles Jr. was attending Vermilion Community College, with his Facebook page showing several pictures of him wearing an Ironmen Football jersey.

Vermilion Community College is on the east side of Ely, to the southeast of Miners Lake. 

One of his friends on Facebook said that he'd gone swimming shortly after football practice at ended. Giles Jr. had attended high school in River Rouge, a suburb of Detroit.

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His former football coach at River Rouge, Corey Parker, paid tribute to him on Facebook.

"This hurts bad!" he wrote. "He was one of mine. He was in school as Vermilion CC and playing football, just doing what Panthers do. What a great kid!"

The incident remains under investigation by the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

As of Aug. 20, there had been 20 drownings in Minnesota this year that didn't involve boats, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources statistics.

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