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Published August 02, 2013, 04:22 PM

Fargo man who drowned has now been identified

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Authorities have identified the man who drowned while swimming with friends in a Clay county gravel pit.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Authorities have identified the man who drowned while swimming with friends in a Clay county gravel pit.

The sheriff's office says he was 26-year-old Joel Berge of Fargo.

Divers found his body in water ten feet deep.

The incident happened around 7:30 last night at the Felton Gravel Pit.

The victim's friend called 911 saying the man went under, and hadn't been seen in about 20 minutes.

After searching for about an hour and a half, they recovered the body.

The gravel pit where the incident happened is public property and contrary to what the sheriff's office first said, the group was allowed to be in the water.

Because of this accident Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says the no trespassing signs will be changed.

Bill Bergquist- Clay County Sheriff: "There will probably be more enforcement and when we get the signage up we are going to enforce the signage, like you say, you see the road behind us, they can stop on the road and walk down here, but they cant drive around this, again because there is no motor vehicles allowed."

While swimming in gravel pits may seem inviting, it's not recommended.

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