UPDATE: Police Release Identity of Hudson Drowning Victim

Alexander Cook, 18, of Lake Elmo, was caught in a strong current Monday afternoon while trying to swim across a narrow channel of the St. Croix River at the end of the dike in Hudson's Lakefront Park.

UPDATE (11:15 a.m., June 19, 2012): The 18-year-old Lake Elmo man who drowned in the St. Croix River on Monday afternoon has been identified as Alexander Cook, according to a press release issued by Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen on Tuesday morning.


UPDATE (11:56 p.m., June 18, 2012): Divers recovered the body of the 18-year-old Lake Elmo man at 11:44 p.m., according to Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen. His body is being taken to in Hudson.

Emergency crews are breaking down the incident scene.


UPDATE (7:45 p.m., June 18, 2012): An 18-year-old man from Lake Elmo has apparently drowned in the St. Croix River while he attempted to swim across a 200-yard channel at the end of the dike, according to Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen.

"He was swimming with some friends and was trying to go from the end of the dike over to the Minnesota side. He made it about a third of the way before he started to have difficulty," Jensen said. "He tried to make it back and his friends tried to help him and then he was seen go down." 

Jensen said that has ended its rescue operation at about 6:30 p.m. for the to continue as a recovery effort. 

The teen was part of a group of about 10 friends and more than 200 others were enjoying an 80-degree afternoon on the beach when the man was caught in the dangerously strong river currents. 

Dive teams from St. Croix EMS, St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, White Bear Lake and Lower St. Croix Valley are among those participating in the recovery dive efforts, Jensen said. Those divers are facing the same strong currents due to the high waters, as well as low visibility in the muddy river.

"If you're on the east side of the dike area the current is not very bad. It's very slow-moving and you can swim out here without a problem," Jensen said. "It's when you try to go across the main current—the main channel—is when you run into problems."


ORIGINAL POST (5:41 p.m., June 18, 2012): Emergency crews are searching for a missing teen who was swimming in the St. Croix River at the end of the dike at , according to Chief Marty Jensen.

The call came into emergency crews at about 5 p.m.

Emergency personnel from St. Croix EMS and Rescue, Hudson Police, Hudson Fire, St. Croix County Dive Team and Stillwater Fire and Rescue are on scene.


This post will be updated as new information is available.

Hudsonmom June 19, 2012 at 04:31 PM
This just breaks my heart...so young...
Shawn Hogendorf June 19, 2012 at 04:57 PM
We have confirmed that Alex was a 2012 graduate of Stillwater Area High School. If any friends or family would like to tell us about Alex, feel free to post your comments here, give Stillwater Patch Editor Shawn Hogendorf a call at 651-261-2764 or send me an email at shawn.hogendorf@patch.com.
SAM June 20, 2012 at 03:34 PM
The current in many parts of the St. Croix River has taken many lives. It is a dangerous river for swimmers and is not just the "lake" that we see in the Hudson area. Many have drowned just off the point at Pemble's Beach about 9 miles south of Hudson. The young man clearly didn't understand the dangers of trying to swim the channel. Our hearts go out to the family.
William Howlett June 20, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Alex will certainly be missed. My heart, prayers, and thoughts go out to those who were touched by Alex.
justme June 22, 2012 at 04:30 PM
No problem either way I understand that the rescue squad is a shared resource now.


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