- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

RAY, N.D. (AP) - Law enforcement authorities say an 18-year-old man drowned at the Kota-Ray Dam in northwest North Dakota.

The Williams County sheriff’s office on Wednesday said Justin Meckle, of Ray, died Tuesday evening.

Authorities say deputies and emergency personnel responded to the scene around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of a man that had gone under water at the dam. Meckle was removed from the water and transported to a hospital in Tioga, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities no foul play is suspected. Meckle had been swimming with friends when he disappeared under the water.

The dam where the incident occurred is located about two miles south of Ray and is heavily used as a recreation spot.



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