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Man drowns in lake at Bear Mountain State Park

Friday, July 05, 2013

Authorities say a 40-year-old man drowned while swimming in Hessian Lake in Bear Mountain State Park.

The death on Thursday afternoon was the second there in less than two weeks. A 16-year-old Brooklyn boy on a class trip drowned there on June 24.

State parks officials said Friday that the victim, Refugio Jimenez, had been visiting the park with his family.

Signs at the lake say swimming is prohibited.

The lake is near the Orange County hamlet of Fort Montgomery, 46 miles north of New York City.

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