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Man drowns while swimming at Welch Park

POSTED: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 3:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

SOMERVILLE -- A family is in mourning tonight after a Hempstead man drowned at Welch Park Sunday.

This is the fourth drowning this year at Lake Somerville.

34-year-old Jimi Jay Ollison was swimming with his roommate and friends when he went under. They were swimming to a peninsula, when the group decided they couldn't make it and turned around.

Ollison never made it back to shore. He was found in about 12 feet of water.

Investigators say Ollison wasn't wearing a life jacket but alcohol and foul play were not involved.

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