4 drownings in Minnesota, Wisconsin reported over holiday weekend


Law enforcement officials say a 40-year-old man drowned in the St. Croix River near Hastings on Sunday night.

The victim, identified late Monday afternoon as Juan Gabriel Diaz of Prescott, Wisconsin, was swimming in water about 10 to 15 feet deep off Point Douglas Beach when witnesses saw him go under and not resurface, KSTP reports.

It was one of several water deaths during the holiday weekend.

In west-central Minnesota, a car went into a lake at about 1:30 a.m. Friday, and a passenger, identified as 29-year-old Holly N. Homewood of New Waverly, Texas, died, the Star Tribune reports. The driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, the newspaper reports.

That crash happened on Franklin Lake roughly 40 miles southwest of Fargo, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office reports.

In another incident Sunday, a Hopkins man drowned in a western Wisconsin lake, WCCO reported.

Polk County Sheriff’s officials say 24-yer-old De'Angelo L. Williams was swimming with a female companion to a raft on Balsam Lake – roughly 60 miles northeast of the Twin Cities – but when the woman got to the raft, he was nowhere to be seen. Williams’ body was recovered about 75 minutes later in roughly 10 feet of water.

Williams was a 2012 graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and was a three-year starter on the Knights' football team, according to a statement released by the school Monday afternoon. Williams attended DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis.

Also in Wisconsin over the weekend, a former professional soccer player drowned on Oconomowoc Lake in the southwestern part of his home state.

Brett Wiesner, 31, had been on the lake Saturday with friends and went underwater at about 4:45 a.m., and his body was found at about 1:45 p.m., WISN TV reports.

Wiesner had formerly played for the Milwaukee Wave indoor soccer team.

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