Cold water blamed for drowning at Lawrence County quarry

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say extremely cold water was a factor in a Lawrence County drowning.

The Lawrence County Coroner's Office says the body of 20-year-old Aaron Mahdee of Youngstown, Ohio was found by divers Monday night in a private quarry filled with water.

Authorities say Mahdee was an accomplished swimmer who was with two friends. But the water temperature was 42 degrees in the spot where Mahdee's body was found, and rescue divers say his sudden plunge into such cold could have affected the ability to swim.

The death was ruled an accident, and no alcohol was involved.

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