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Accident Information File



07/29/2002
A 16-year-old Elmira, N.Y., boy drowned while swimming in an Ashland gravel pit, despite the desperate rescue efforts of his friends and a passing motorist. The victim was pronounced dead one half-hour after he was pulled from the pond by members of the Wellsburg Fire Department dive team. According to police, the youth was swimming with three teen-aged friends at about 6:15 p.m., at a property clearly marked with no trespassing signs. The victim apparently said he didn�t think he could finish his swim across the quarry, and turned around to try to return to the other bank. (Source: Elmira Star-Gazette)