Another drowning prompts another warning: Be careful on lakes

A 17-year-old died after being pulled from Lake O'Dowd near Shakopee after about half an hour on Friday. Officials are pleading with holiday visitors to lakes and pools to take safety precautions.
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A 17-year old boy died after going under water in Lake O'Dowd south of Shakopee in Scott County on Friday. He was under water about 30 minutes before divers found him in about 7 feet of water.

The boy had been fishing with others at the north end of the lake when the group decided to use a raft to travel to a popular island that has a tree swing, said Capt. Jeff Swedin of the Scott County Sheriff's Office, the Star Tribune reports.

The teenager's grandmother had been watching the group from shore, KSTP reports. Authorities say alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

So far, 11 people have drowned in Hennepin County lakes this year, more than half of last year's total, KARE 11 reports.

Fox 9 has a story on drowning dangers and a critical mistake swimmers make:

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Meanwhile, Wisconsin authorities have recovered the body of the Minnesota man who disappeared after falling into the St. Croix River near Prescott earlier this week, the Associated Press reports.

Free life jackets are being made available for Lake Minnetonka boaters, WCCO reports.

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