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Accident Information File

A 13-year-old boy drowned during a nighttime swim at a former gravel pit in Rochester, Minn. He apparently had been swimming outside of the roped-off swimming area, in an area designed for fishing and boat traffic only, when he disappeared.

There have been four other drownings at the 15-acre pond in the last 10 years. Signs posted there warn that there is no lifeguard on duty, and that the pond has sudden drop-offs that can surprise swimmers and cold-water springs that can cause swimmers' muscles to cramp.