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Teen drowns in quarry near Charles City


This news story was published on May 29, 2018.
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RURAL CHICKASAW COUNTY – Tragedy struck for the second time at a quarry near Charles City, after a teen drowned there this weekend.

Authorities have confirmed that a teen drowned in a quarry outside Charles City, at Chickasaw Park. Reportedly, 17-year-old Sam Hake in the accident Saturday afternoon. His body was recovered later that day. He was a Junior at Nashua-Plainfield Jr./Sr. High School.

The school district issued a statement in the wake of the tragic incident:

All of us at Nashua-Plainfield were saddened to receive news last evening of the passing of Sam Hake, one of our 11th grade students. We will be providing counseling support for our students on Monday morning starting at 9:00 a.m. in the junior high commons.
We all react in individual ways to this type of event. Things such as developmental level, our relationships with the people impacted, our previous experience of loss, and our personal perceptions of death impact how we deal with this event. We should expect, try to understand, and accept a variety of emotions and behaviors. The most important things we should do is be supportive and encourage discussion about the events, our feelings, and what we can do in response to it.
Sam impacted us in a lot of different ways. Sam will be remembered by his friendly smile and demeanor.

Christopher Lee Balvanz, age 18 of Hawkeye, died Thursday, May 26, 2016, as a result of an accidental drowning at the same park

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