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Drowning in Woodstock

A landscaper from Illinois died this week after drowning in a pond. The man, Hugo Mercado, 23, was working at Well Manufacturing in Woodstock, Illinois when he apparently fell in a pond on the property. At 4:45 p.m. on Monday, police and paramedics were called to the location and found his body floating face down in the pond. Mercado was known to have had a seizure disorder, but it is not clear whether that played a role in his drowning. While Mercado was working in the yard and fell into a pond, summer time may entail increased numbers of drownings as pools are used more frequently. To read more about Mercado’s death, click here.