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Stillwater teen dies following rescue from the St. Croix River

On Friday, the Washington County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 17-year-old Suleiman Ibrahim Abda Garado of Stillwater.

LAKE ST CROIX BEACH, Minn. — Editor's Note: The video above first aired on May 31, 2021. 

A Stillwater-area teen has died less than a day after being pulled from the waters of the St. Croix River, according to police. 

On Friday, the Washington County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 17-year-old Suleiman Ibrahim Abda Garado of Stillwater.

Deputies had initially responded to Lake St. Croix Beach around 5:40 p.m. Thursday after witnesses reported seeing the teen go under water while playing with friends. 

Emergency search and rescue crews arrive on scene within minutes and began looking for him. The sheriff's office said a member of the Washington County Dive Team ultimately located him around 6:30 p.m., approximately 40 minutes after going under.

The teen was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment, but on Friday afternoon, a Washington County spokesperson announced that he had died.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's office is investigating the official cause of death.

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