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18-Year-Old High School Student Dies in 30-Foot-Deep Swimming Hole

Swimming was prohibited in this dangerous quarry, the property owner said. (Marion County Sheriff's Office) Swimming was prohibited in this dangerous quarry, the property owner said. (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

An 18-year-old high school student has died in a Florida rock quarry, where swimming was prohibited because of its deep waters and tangled weeds, authorities said. 

Zachary Newton, a varsity football player, was among 11 teens who scaled a fence at the Hardrock Cycle Park in Ocala to swim in the 30-foot-deep lagoon.

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When the 200-pound, 5 -foot-10-inch teen failed to surface, someone in the group called 911, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighters were unable to locate Newton and the search transitioned into a recovery operation that was turned over to the sheriff’s department and its dive team.

Newton’s body was discovered Saturday afternoon. He would have been a senior in the upcoming school year.

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A cause of death has not been released.

Glenn Knox, the motocross park’s owner, does not allow swimming in the quarry because it’s too dangerous, he told The Associated Press.

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