2 swimmers die in Minnesota waters in as many days

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A 20-year-old Chisago County man died after an apparent drowning Tuesday afternoon while swimming with friends in the St. Croix River.

This was the second possible drowning death in Minnesota in as many days.

Rico Davis was in the deeper water of the river when he began struggling. His friends tried to get him to shallow water, but he became unresponsive, the Pioneer Press reports.

His friends began CPR, and rescuers attempted to resuscitate him for almost an hour, but they were unsuccessful, WCCO reports.

Another man, 60-year-old Marvin Anderson, of Frazee, was on Wymer Lake with family Monday when he jumped off their pontoon to swim ashore, but became unresponsive in the water, WDAZ reports.

He died later at the hospital, reports note.

So far this year, Minnesota has had eight boating-related drownings and 21 non-boating drownings (does not include suicide or homicides), which is about average for this time of year, Debbie Munson Badini of the Minnesota Department of Resources told BringMeTheNews Wednesday.

In 2014, there were 29 non-boating drownings in Minnesota, according to the DNR.

The state saw a spike in drowning deaths in 2011 when 50 people drowned. The number of non-boating drownings has been declining since, with 40 in 2012 and 30 in 2013, statistics show.

Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes. From 2005-09, there were an average of 3,533 non-boating related drownings annually – that averages to about 10 deaths per day.

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