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Stay Out Stay Alive Fatal Accident Summaries
for 2006

May 4, 2006

A University of Mary Washington student drowned Thursday while swimming with friends at a Fredericksburg, Va., quarry. Cary Noyes, a 19-year-old sophomore from Maine, was underwater for more than an hour before rescue worker recovered his body at 3:28 p.m, according to a spokesman. The quarry is on private property in the Bragg Hill area of the city. The victim and at least five friends rode there Thursday to enjoy the warm weather. At least some of the friends are also UMW students. There used to be'No Trespassing� signs posted on the property, but officials who were at the scene Thursday said they didn�t notice if the signs were still there. Witnesses said members of the group had swum out about 50 feet when one of them looked back and saw the victim struggling. He quickly went down in about 30 feet of water and didn�t resurface. It was not clear what caused the victim to go under the water. Four divers, three from the city fire department and one from the city rescue squad, responded and searched for close to an hour before finding the victim. Authorities said the water temperature was about 40 degrees where Noyes was found. (Source: The Free Lance-Star)