Teen's underwater video appears to show body


A teen who jumped into a Duluth creek with a GoPro video camera inadvertently filmed what looks like a body, but searchers who scoured the water over the weekend did not find anything, police say.

The video was shot May 30 by 16-year-old Brendan Peterson, who was with friends and leaping into the water at a popular swimming spot in Amity Creek in Lester Park known as "the Deeps," the Duluth News Tribune reports. He had his video camera tied to a stick, and didn't take a close look at the footage until 1 a.m. Saturday, he told police.

A friend's older brother called police, and by early afternoon Saturday, Duluth police and firefighters, plus St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue Squad personnel, were searching the spot where the teen had been jumping.

Crews used a remotely operated vehicle with sonar, and a cadaver dog also was brought in, but no body was found, Northland's Newscenter reported.

Officials said that if there had been a body, it likely would have been swept downstream since May 30. Authorities had not had any reports of missing people who they suspected could have been in the water.

The search took place just a few blocks from where searchers were looking for a missing airplane pilot who crashed into Lake Superior Saturday.

The Deeps has been the scene of swimming accidents. In August 2011, 13-year-old Jefferson Bowen Jr. of Duluth, was swept away by a current, and his body was found in Lake Superior five days later.

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