North Shore Drowning Victim Identified

18-Year-Old Alec Lawrenz

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office identified a drowning victim at the Temperance River State Park as Alec Lawrenz, 18, of Wayzeta, Minn.

On June 11, at about 6:30 p.m. Cook County Dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a person fell into the gorge at the park.

Cook County deputies, Minnesota State Patrol, Tofte First Responders, Cook County Search & Rescue, Cook County Ambulance, US Coast Guard, and US Border Patrol responded to the scene.

It was discovered that a young adult swimmer went through the strong current under a bridge and did not resurface.

Efforts to recover the body were hampered by the strong river currents, limited visibility under the water and the presence of debris.

Side scan sonar was used Monday to get a better picture of the river bottom and assist in the location of Lawrenz’s body, which was recovered around 1:40 p.m.

Officials at his high school, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, spoke out Monday with the following statement:

“We are heartbroken by this tragic accident. As a faith community, we rely on the power of prayer to help us. Our love and prayers go out to Alec’s family, the BSM class of 2016 and the BSM community. Alec was a wonderful young man, full of life, kind and compassionate. We do not have any other details to share and ask that everyone please pray for us during this very difficult time,” said Principal Sue Skinner, Ed.D.

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