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Veteran of Iraq war dies at Quincy quarry

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  1. kwflatbed

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    Patrick Coughlin

    By Katy Jordan, Alysis Richardson and Renee Nadeau
    Saturday, June 20, 2009 -

    An American flag hung outside the Milton home of Patrick Coughlin last night where family and friends gathered in disbelief to mourn the death of a recently returned Iraq war veteran, who made it home safely only to die reliving old times with friends at a Quincy quarry, according to Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating.
    The 21-year-old Marine, who got back from Iraq in April, apparently hit his head during a dive into a quarry shortly before 2 a.m. at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy yesterday.
    “It appears that this was a situation where some camaraderie between friends - an impromptu sort of reunion - turned into a tragedy,” Keating said. “It’s an awful tragedy for someone who just finished serving his country, and an unimaginable tragedy for his family
    Coughlin had met up with three friends for an evening of fun. Three dived into the quarry, while one stayed on shore.
    When Coughlin didn’t surface, one friend called 911, while the others tried to find him. Emergency responders later recovered his body using a mechanical arm equipped with a camera, Keating said.
    There was no alcohol found at the scene, Keating said, and the death appeared to be an accident.
    “He was just a doll - the best kid,” Coughlin’s distraught aunt Arlene Coppens said through tears. “So sweet, so polite, so nice.”
    An honor role student, Coughlin graduated from Milton High School in 2006. He attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where a spokesman said he studied political science for two semesters before going on active duty. He was recently readmitted for the fall term.
    The Quincy quarries have been a swimming destination for young people for decades. Between 1960 and 1998 they claimed more than a dozen lives. Prior to Coughlin’s, the last death at the quarries was in 1998, when a young man named Ryan Whitney, also of Milton, fell more than 50 feet to his death. By coincidence, Granite Links Golf Club is scheduled to hold a memorial golf tournament Monday for Whitney.
    Granite Links general manager Walter Hannon III told the Herald that the golf course has patrolling security guards and tries to prevent people from swimming in the quarry.
    “I feel awful for the parents of Pat Coughlin,” Hannon said. “My heart goes out to them.”

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