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17-year-old boy drowns while swimming with friends in Independence

Posted at 9:38 PM, Jun 05, 2021

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — A 17-year-old boy drowned while swimming with friends Saturday evening in Independence, according to the Independence Fire Department.

Authorities were called to the quarry at the old Haydite mine in the 8700 block of Stone Road around 5 p.m.

According to authorities, the teen went under the water while swimming with his friends and did not resurface.

Independence Fire Chief Steve Rega said the terrain made it tough to rescue the teen due to the very high and steep walls of the quarry.

"The boys were in a cove without a way for a swimmer to easily climb out - a swimmer would have had to swim a long distance to get out of the water," Rega said.

A rescue boat was launched to rescue the teen.

The teen's body was recovered from the water between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., authorities said.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the teen as Yaveonn Nisean Lamar Anderson, 17, of Brook Park. He was a student in the Berea City School District.

Authorities said the area where the teen and his friends were swimming was gated off and clearly marked that swimming was not permitted.

The teen's family was on the scene when his body was recovered and notified of his death.

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