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BPD: 19-year-old man dead after drowning at White Oak Park lake

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Updated: April 26, 2022 at 11:30 AM CDT
This story has been updated to include the identification of the drowning victim.

Bloomington Police say there is no suspicion of foul play after a 19-year-old man accidentally drowned over the weekend.

According to a news release, BPD received reports of a man drowning in the lake at White Oak Park around 7:58 p.m. Sunday on the city's west side.

BPD officers, with the help of an unidentified person, pulled the man from the lake and Bloomington Fire and Rescue personnel attempted "lifesaving measures," but the 19-year-old was pronounced dead after arriving at Carle BroMenn Medical Center.

McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder has identified the victim as Dariyon Phelps of Bloomington. Yoder said Dariyon was pronounced dead at 8:31 p.m. Sunday in the Carle BroMenn emergency department. Preliminary autopsy opinion indicates that Phelps died from drowning. Toxicology testing is pending.

BPD is calling the incident an "accidental drowning."

"I want to give my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dariyon in this extremely difficult time," BPD chief Jamal Simington said in a statement. " Four of our bravest officers jumped in the cold water with a member of the community in an effort to save Dariyon. They all risked their well-being and lives to rescue him, but after successfully bringing him out of the water and starting resuscitation efforts, we were not able to revive him."

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Lyndsay Jones is a reporter at WGLT. She joined the station in 2021. You can reach her at
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