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Stay Out Stay Alive Fatal Accident Summaries
for 2008

July 23, 2008

A 28-year-old man drowned after swimming with friends in the privately owned quarry off limits to the public.

South Beloit firefighter Kurt Fago said the man was in the quarry with three adult friends.

�He slid down the west bank to be near his girlfriend, and he (purposely) slid into the water,� Fago said.

Once in the water, the man 'started fighting the water,� Fago said.'All four limbs were waving.�

A male friend dived into the water and tried to pull him out, but the victim started to pull his would-be rescuer under water as well.

�It's an unfortunate tragedy,� Fago said.

The South Beloit Fire Department called more than 20 area fire departments requesting divers and boats. Officials said the man knew how to swim, and no signs of alcohol were at the scene.

Source: Rockford Register Star