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Second Drowning In Less Than 2 Weeks At Bear Mountain State Park

Man, 40, Drowned In Hessian Lake On Thursday
Officials say a 16-year-old boy from Brooklyn drowned while swimming at Hessian Lake in Bear Mountain State Park on Monday, June 25, 2013. (credit: CBS 2)

Officials say a 16-year-old boy from Brooklyn drowned while swimming at Hessian Lake in Bear Mountain State Park on Monday, June 25, 2013. (credit: CBS 2)

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FORT MONTGOMERY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man drowned while swimming in Bear Mountain State Park this week, in the second deadly incident in a lake in the park in as many weeks.

The unidentified 46-year-old man drowned while swimming in Hessian Lake, authorities said.

Officials did not release the man’s name, but said he had been visiting the park with his family. He was in from New York City, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.

On June 24, a 16-year-old boy also drowned in the same lake in Bear Mountain State Park while on a class trip from Brooklyn International High School.

Jean Fritz Pierre, a freshman at the school, was pulled from the lake and subsequently pronounced dead at the scene that day, authorities said.

School officials said several dozen students were hiking through the park on a field trip to mark the end of the school year when two students left the group to go swimming in the lake.

A short time later, Pierre was reported missing. By about 4 p.m. that day, his body was found and pulled from the water eight feet from the shore, about an hour after he disappeared.

Hessian Lake is roughly 32 acres and about 25 feet deep in most places. It’s a popular paddling spot, but swimming is not allowed there. A parks department spokesman said there are also no lifeguards.

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