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A Closer Look at Quarries: Fun Summer Pastime, or Death Trap?


Thrill-seekers jumping into the inviting waters of a quarry may see the activity as an American summer pastime. but with them comes a considerable risk.

Thousands of quarries exist across the country for swimming and jumping, but with some of them can come disastrous consequences.

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Jonathan Baksh, 19, jumped into Martin's Creek quarry in Pennsylvania in 2015, but he never made it back to land after suffering a cramp in the water.

“Jon decided he wanted to swim across the water. Within five minutes they said he started to scream for help and he came up three times and then he went back down,” his mother, Sally, told Inside Edition. 

Sally still can't believe her son is gone. She's kept his bedroom exactly as it was on the day he died.

The mother was stunned when she found out her son was the second young man to die in quarry that year.

Now, as the one year anniversary of her son’s passing arrives next month, she's on a crusade to tell the world about the dangers of swimming in quarries.

There are other dangers from quarries, just beneath the surface.

There is potentially dangerous debris like abandoned construction equipment, like at one New Jersey quarry, where a bulldozer was found.

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There’s also the extreme temperature change to consider. Quarry water can become unusually cold just below the warm surface.

Even if an injury is not that serious, most quarries are in remote locations, so you may not get speedy assistance if you find yourself in an emergency.

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