6-year-old is latest drowning victim on a metro lake - KMSP-TV

6-year-old is latest drowning victim on a metro lake

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A 6-year-old boy apparently drowned in Wirth Lake in Golden Valley Saturday while celebrating a birthday party with his family, Hennepin County officials said.

A person walking in the water near Theodore Wirth Park discovered the child in about four feet of water around 5:30 p.m., not far from the shore.

Lifeguards pulled the boy's body from the lake and attempted CPR. Golden Valley Police Officers arriving on the scene also tried reviving the child, Hennepin County said.

The little boy was transported to North Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

The 6-year-old is from Golden Valley.

This news is just the latest in a string of drownings on Minnesota lakes.

"It's been a bad year already and the weather looks like it's going to stay hot and obviously people are going to go to the lakes to cool off. And that's great. But the parents need to be a little more vigilant; keep watch," Lt. Chris Mathison with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Dept. said. "The non-swimmer and the poor swimmers, if you can throw a life jacket, a personal floatation device on them, they can still get in the water and have fun, but they're safe that way."

According to Hennepin County, this is the sixth drowning in that county alone this year.

This is a developing story. Check back with myfox9.com for updates.

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