Crow Wing County divers recovered the body of a 13-year-old Minneapolis boy from a mine pit lake in Crosby, Minn., Saturday afternoon.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was playing Frisbee with his father near the Armour No. 2 mine pit Friday evening when the disc landed in the water. He was swept away in a strong current while trying to retrieve it.
“His dad was unable to pull him from the water before he went under,” said Sgt. D.J. Downie of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office. “From witness statements, we’re blessed that he didn’t drown as well.”
Divers searched the swollen inlet creek connecting to the mine for nearly three hours Friday night before bowing to severe weather. Rescuers resumed early Saturday and located the teen’s body on sonar equipment about 40 yards from shore at 11 a.m.
This marks the first drowning in the mine pit in at least 25 years.
“Things can happen very quickly,” Downie said. “If you’re in an area where you don’t know the depths or are unsure of the water currents, personal flotation devices are good to have on hand.”