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Rescue boats from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department and Hudson Fire Department are used in the search for a missing swimmer of the end of the dike road in Hudson late Monday afternoon, June 18.

June 19, 2012: Teen drowns trying to swim the St. Croix River channel at Hudson

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An 18-year-old Lake Elmo, Minn., man drowned while trying to swim St. Croix River from the end of Hudson's dike road to the Minnesota shore late Monday afternoon.

Alexander Cook was about 50 yards into the 200-yard channel when he began to struggle in the water, Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said.

The teen reportedly tried to return to the Wisconsin shore, but was unable to make it.

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