Stay Out - Stay Alive
Mine Hazard Awareness Campaign
Accident Information File
A 13-year-old boy drowned during a nighttime swim at a former gravel pit in Rochester, Minn. He apparently had been swimming outside of the roped-off swimming area, in an area designed for fishing and boat traffic only, when he disappeared.
There have been four other drownings at the 15-acre pond in the last 10 years. Signs posted there warn that there is no lifeguard on duty, and that the pond has sudden drop-offs that can surprise swimmers and cold-water springs that can cause swimmers' muscles to cramp.
U.S. Department of Labor | Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) | 1100 Wilson Boulevard, 21st Floor | Arlington, VA 22209-3939 www.msha.gov | Telephone: (202) 693-9400 | Fax-on-demand: (202) 693-9401