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Accident Information File


06/19/2003
A 17-year-old Montello, Wisc., boy drowned in the Redgranite quarry off State Highway 21 while trying to swim from one end of the quarry ledge to the other. He and a friend had become tired in mid-swim, and decided to return to where they started. Only one made it back. Members of the Winnebago County Sheriff's dive team found the teen's body about two hours after they began their search.

This was the 15th drowning in 24 years at this quarry. In 1995, it was designated a village park, but there are no lifeguards on duty and signs tell visitors to swim at their own risk. The quarry is said to reach depths of nearly 200 feet. Most of those who drowned there were not local residents, but many of them were experienced swimmers and scuba divers. (Source: Oshkosh Northwestern)