Man Pulled From St. Charles Lake Dies

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Update: The man who had to be pulled from a New Town community lake Thursday has died. The St. Charles Police Department identified him as James Harrell, 20, of St. Louis.

ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)-- A man is hospitalized after a water rescue in St. Charles Thursday afternoon.

At around 4:20 Thursday afternoon, he was swimming with some friends at the lake in St. Charles` New Town community, when they saw him flailing his arms, and ultimately went under.

There were no flotation devices nearby.

The victim`s friends immediately called 911 and the St. Charles Fire Department quickly arrived at the scene.

They were having trouble finding a place to put their rescue boat in the water, so three divers went in.

Thirty minutes after his friends last saw him, one of the divers found the victim on the bottom of the lake, which first responders say is about 20 feet deep.

A St. Charles Fire Department captain says it`s lucky they found him when they did.

Even though he was underwater for half an hour, after some CPR, first responders did find a pulse on the victim.

Those who live in this community say they can`t remember anything like this happening before. They believe the victim doesn`t live in New Town, but was there visiting for the holiday.

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