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St. Paul Park boy, 5, dies in apparent drowning in Woodbury

A memorial for five-year-old Kendrick Jordan, Jr. of St. Paul Park was set up near Carver Lake's beach shore. Beach-goers attempted to rescue the boy after he went missing the afternoon of July 8, 2017. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia

A five-year-old boy who was pulled from a Woodbury lake July 8 has died.

About 30 to 50 Beach-goers attempted to rescue the boy, who police identified as Kendrick Jordan, Jr. of St. Paul Park, after he went missing in the water at Carver Lake Park Saturday afternoon.

Park-goers formed a human chain and located Jordan about 30 feet from the lake's shore.

Patrick Hedican of St. Paul told the Pioneer Press he found the boy after diving into 25-foot-deep water beyond the swimming area with three friends.

“I thought, this kid only has a few minutes to live,” he said.

Despite efforts to revive him, Jordan was unresponsive and taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Police are unsure how long he was underwater.

Woodbury eliminated active lifeguards at the beach almost a decade ago in efforts to cut costs, as well as beach admission fees.

Posted signs around the beach and park read: “No Lifeguard on Duty. Swim at your own risk."

The Ramsey County medical examiner will perform a full autopsy on Jordan.

People donating to a GoFundMe page raised more than $4,500 for the family’s funeral costs Sunday evening.

The Pioneer Press is a Forum News Service media partner.

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