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Lake Nokomis’ main beach is staffed by lifeguards almost continually, but the east-side beach where the teen drowned is staffed only from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, said Sarah Chillo, aquatic coordinator for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The Park Board’s website lists hours when city beaches are staffed by lifeguards, and signs at beaches warn swimmers they are there at their own risk when a lifeguard is not on hand.
The drowning left those at the usually idyllic lake somber or weeping Wednesday.
“It was devastating” to watch the search and recovery, Morris said.
Those who knew the teen used social media to announce plans for a memorial service at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Nokomis beach.
The South High football team’s Facebook page contained this posting Wednesday evening:
“As we grieve the loss of our teammate and friend, we extend our love and support to the victim’s family as well as to those teammates that did their very best to save him.”
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