MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –- The body of a 17-year-old Minneapolis boy has been recovered at Wirth Lake after an apparent drowning.

Officials said the body was found in about seven feet of water, approximately 35 to 40 yards from shore.

Police received the call regarding a missing person at the lake at Theodore Wirth Park at about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, three friends decided to cool off by going for a swim at Wirth Lake Beach, which is currently closed and under construction meaning no lifeguards were on duty.

Around 3:45 p.m., one of the friends started to struggle in the area of a partially submerged dock and his two other friends couldn’t help him.

This is the first lake drowning in Hennepin County this year. Officials urge those who are not strong swimmers to stay near the shoreline. The sheriff’s office said the incident remains under investigation.

Theodore Wirth Park is located on the border of Golden Valley and Minneapolis.

Comments (3)
  1. JackieM says:

    Sad to hear. 😦

  2. concerned says:

    Those minors 17 and under shouldn’t even be in the water without a lifeguard. I believe the reason the police had to be looking there is because of reports of nudity there, such as undressing and dressing near the playground equipment, right when there is a portapotty nearby. I also remember smelling a hint of dope along HWY 55 yesterday 7/19. Also, why is it taking the park system so long to clean up after the tornado of May 22, 2011! Right now, I’m getting the feeling the police went to the wrong place, as always.

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