Young man drowns in Lake Phalen

A young man drowned while swimming at Lake Phalen’s swimming beach on Saturday, June 21. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

St. Paul police report Roger Valle, 22, died while swimming in Lake Phalen.

On Saturday, June 21 around 8 p.m., the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting a swimmer at the Lake Phalen beach went underwater, and the caller didn't see him resurface.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, and the St. Paul police and fire departments all responded, arriving at the lake to begin a search.

Rescuers searched for the man using boats and divers from the sheriff's dive team.

At around 8:50 p.m., a man's body was recovered from the lake and taken to the Ramsey County medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death and identity of the man.

The case remains under investigation by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department.

-- Patrick Larkin


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