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Published November 09 2010

Investigators looking at Hurricane Plunge water slide after teen's death

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Hennepin County investigators are focused on a three-story water slide as they look into the death of a teenager at a Brooklyn Park water park.

The 17-year-old Champlin boy was found unconscious at the bottom of the Hurricane Plunge ride Saturday. The slide sends riders down a tube at up to 45 mph before they land in a bowl, get a final spin and are dumped into an eight-foot-deep pool.

Former Grand Rios Water Park lifeguard Benjamin Cramer says swimmers frequently become confused underwater when they emerge from the slide.

The Star Tribune says the Hennepin County Water Patrol is investigating.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.