TOFTE, Minn. (KMSP) - Rescue crews recovered the body of an 18-year-old from Wayzata on Monday afternoon who was caught in a current while swimming in the Temperance River.
On June 11 at about 6:30 p.m., Cook County sheriff’s officials were notified someone fell into the gorge at Temperance River State Park and discovered 18-year-old Alec Paul Bertil Lawrenz had been swimming, went through the strong current under a bridge, and didn’t come back up.
Lawrenz had recently graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park. Providence Academy in Plymouth also identified him as one of their former students.
"Many, many in our community are praying for the Lawrenz family. May God shine perpetual light upon Alec, and offer his family comfort and peace," said Providence Headmaster Todd Flanders.
Sheriff’s officials said efforts to recover his body were hampered by the strong river current, limited visibility under the water, and the presence of debris. The river depth in the area ranges from 3 to 10 feet.
Authorities said the situation is under investigation; however, no foul play is suspected.