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Man drowns on his 21st birthday while trying to swim in lake carrying large rock

By Mason White 4:44 PM May 28, 2015
Austin Harr 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A young man died while swimming in a lake on the day he was celebrating his birthday, police in California said.

21-year-old Austin Harr of Gridley, was enjoying his birthday with friends on Monday afternoon in Oroville, when he tried to swim through the lake, carrying a 10-pound rock.

His friends said that while swimming, he suddenly disappeared underwater. After several minutes had passed and Harr had not yet emerged, his friends tried to search for him.

When they couldn’t find him, they called for help. Almost an hour later, rescuers found Harr and pulled him out of the water.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigators said that they believe alcohol played a role in his death.