Reporting Susie Jones
Update: The drowning victim was identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner as Jason Lewis of Shakopee.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The 17-year-old boy pulled from a Shakopee lake on Friday after reportedly being underwater for 30 minutes has died, police said.
“Jason Daquon Lewis died at the Hennepin County Medical Center,” Scott County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Collins said.
Collins said the victim died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Authorities said the boy had been found in about 8 feet deep of water in Lake O’Dowd after fielding a call about a missing swimmer at 1:45 p.m. Friday.
Lewis was on Lake O’Dowd in Shakopee, in a raft. He dove into the water and never surfaced. And that’s when friends went to shore to call 911. The boy wasn’t wearing a life jacket.
The water was full of weeds, but Collins said he’s not sure if that was a factor.
“I don’t know if that played a role or not. It certainly could have.” Collins said.
He said the boy was a good swimmer, but warns of the potential for danger when swimming in a lake or river.
“Things happen from time to time under the water, underneath us, that we may not be aware of. Maybe we swim with a comfort level and we need to be careful of where we are and where we are swimming.” He said.
Lewis was pulled from the water and taken to St Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, and then transported to HCMC, where he died early today.
Lewis was a student at Shakopee High School. District superintendent Dr. Rod Thompson released a statement, saying, “We in the school district are very saddened by this news. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy go to Jason’s family, friends and loved ones.”