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Stay Out Stay Alive Fatal Accident Summaries
for 2008


July 21, 2008

A 28 year-old Humboldt man drowned Monday evening while swimming in a rural quarry southwest of Humboldt.

According to information from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the body of the victim was recovered by divers after he went under the water and failed to surface.

"He was with others who were swimming across the quarry," said Dr. Dan Cole, Webster County medical examiner. "He didn't dive in. He was actively swimming when he said he couldn't breathe and started flailing."

[The victim] was a big guy, Cole said, and the other swimmers reportedly tried to help him, but the task was difficult with his size. He was also fighting, which people do when they panic.

Officials estimate that the victim had been swimming for about 20 minutes before he ran into trouble. A call for help came into 911 at 5:19 p.m. and deputies were dispatched to the quarry, along with the Humboldt Volunteer Fire Department and Humboldt Ambulance Service.

The Story County Sheriff's Dive Team and the Water Rescue Volunteers from Carroll were called in to help retrieve the body, which was recovered around 8:44 p.m.

No evidence of drugs or alcohol was found at the scene, Cole said, but tests for them will be performed as part of the autopsy process.

Source: Fort Dodge Messenger