Man drowns in Lawrence County quarry

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WKBN) — An outing with friends turned tragic Monday evening when a man from the Youngstown area drowned in a Mahoning Township quarry.

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported that Aaron Mahdee, 20, was swimming with friends when he went under the water and didn’t resurface.

Mahoning Township Police Chief Jim Morris said Mahdee was swimming in a quarry known as “The Bahamas” on South Eric Drive when he went under the water about 7:30 p.m. Divers from several Lawrence County departments spent nearly two hours searching the quarry before finding the Mahdee’s body.

“We had a young black male who was involved in an apparent drowning. Don’t know the cause of death, don’t know really what happened to him back there. The Lawrence County Deputy Coroner is going to make a determination as to exactly what happened,” said Morris.

Many family members of the victim were at the scene, and some were crying.

Morris said the quarry is private, but people often sneak in to swim.

“The water is treacherously cold,” Morris said.

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