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Teenager who drowned in Carver County lake identified

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Authorities have identified a teenager who drowned in a Carver County lake Friday night as Davis Paul Colley, 16, of Norwood Young America, the Star Tribune reports.

KSTP reports that Colley went underwater around 7:30 p.m. Friday but never resurfaced. Witnesses called 911 after he disappeared. Colley's body was recovered from Eagle Lake at about 11 p.m. Friday.


Friends��said Colley was participating in the "Cold Water Challenge," according to KSTP.

They said Colley texted his girlfriend earlier in the evening to say he was going to jump into the lake near the Baylor Park fishing pier in Camden Township.

The challenge has been gaining momentum on social media. It involves daring friends to jump into frigid waters for cancer charities, and photos or video of the jump are posted on social media.

But Carver County Sheriff's officials say they're not sure Colley did a "Cold Water Challenge," primarily because there was nobody there to take a photo or video of his jump, according to the Star Tribune.

“I don’t want to say that we’ve ruled that out,” sheriff's deputy Jason Kamerud said. “But we’re pretty comfortable that this wasn’t a plunge-imposed event.”

Law enforcement officials have been warning people of the danger of cold water jumps because of frigid water temperatures. The water in Eagle Lake is about 44 degrees.

Jay Knoll of KARE 11 tweeted the boy was found in about 6 feet of water. He also said signs saying "No swimming or diving" are posted on the lake's beach.

Eagle Lake is located just north of Norwood Young America, about 25 miles west of the metro. It's part of the 201-acre Baylor Regional Park.

Colley was a sophomore at Central High School in Norwood Young America, according to WCCO.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the Carver County Sheriff's Office at 952-361-1231.

A fund has been set up to help the family at Citizen State Bank. Mark donations Attn: Michelle; P.O. Box 789, Norwood Young America, MN 55368.

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