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Beachgoers say near drowning raised awareness

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Though many didn't realize Cedar Lake beach saw a water rescue after a near drowning on Sunday, beachgoers who spoke with FOX 9 News say the tragedy has raised awareness about swimming safety.

Drowning deaths can happen at community pools and on popular fishing lakes -- and the most recent drowning-related death came on Monday when the 16-year-old girl who was rescued from Cedar Lake on Sunday afternoon.

The teen spent 40 minutes under water before divers found her, and though she was resuscitated and taken to the hospital in critical condition, officials said it was not likely that she would survive.

Scenes like what unfolded on Sunday shortly after 2 p.m. -- with crime tape and emergency vehicles blocking the water -- make people pause and realize just how dangerous water can be. Even those who did not know about the rescue before speaking with FOX 9 News said they will think twice about safety.

"I would definitely be more cautious -- especially since it's so recent in this like and right out there," said Parker Grubb.

Grubb, 14, has been coming to swim at Cedar Lake since she was a little girl.

"It's the swimming lake," she told FOX 9 News. "Everyone comes to go swimming."

That's what the 16-year-old was doing on Sunday when she jumped off the floating dock that had just been installed a week ago after popular demand prompted the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Department to begin installing them last year.

It's still unknown why the teen didn't resurface on her own.

No lifeguard was scheduled to be there when she went under, but park officials say the lifeguards are really just a second set of eyes. Grubb says that's why she always checks up on her brother or uses the buddy system when she's out at the lake.

"I don't think one person should be entirely responsible for everyone that's swimming," she explained. "I think there should be mixed responsibility."

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