Lake Elmo teen's body recovered in St. Croix River

  • Article by: JOY POWELL and MARY LYNN SMITH
  • Star Tribune
  • June 19, 2012 - 11:23 AM

Authorities overnight recovered the body of an 18-year-old Lake Elmo teen who drowned while trying to swim across the St. Croix River.

Police have identified the victim as Alexander Cook, 18, Lake Elmo.  Divers found his body using sonar equipment at 11:44 p.m., said Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen

Emergency workers began searching for the teen about 5 p.m Mondayt.

He and three or four of his friends were at the Lakefront Park beach in Hudson when they attempted to swim a 200-yard channel from the end of the Hudson dike to the Minnesota side, said Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen. The teen, who was wearing jeans, was about one third of the way across the river when he began to struggle, Jensen said. The teen tried to return to shore and his friends tried to return to help. They couldn't reach him in time, Jensen said.

About 200 people were on the nearby beach at the time. Jensen said the river's current was strong after the recent rainfall but it wasn't overpowering.

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