Lake Elmo teen drowns in St. Croix


HUDSON, Wis. – A St. Croix Valley teen-ager apparently drowned Monday evening while swimming with friends in the St. Croix River off a riverfront park, the Hudson Police Department reported.

Hudson police identified the victim as Alexander Cook, 18, of Lake Elmo. According to an HPD news release, sheriff’s deputies from St. Croix County, Wis., and Washington County and a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden located Cook’s body in the river using side-imaging sonar. Divers recovered the teen’s body about 11:45 p.m. Monday.

The incident was reported to Hudson police about 5 p.m. Monday when officers were called to the end of Dike Road in Lakeside Park. Witnesses there told officers that Cook attempted to cross the St. Croix River channel between Wisconsin and Minnesota and began struggling in the water about 50 yards out.

Some of Cook’s friends tried to help him, but Cook slipped under the water, the statement said.

Divers from St. Croix EMS/Rescue and the Lower St. Croix Valley, Mahtomedi and Scandia Fire departments arrived on scene to attempt a rescue, but river conditions prevented divers from finding Cook’s body, the HPS statement said. The SCCSO then took over recovery operations.

The St. Croix County Medical Examiner took Cook’s body from the scene by to a Hudson funeral home, the statement added.