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Woman drowns when golf cart slips into pond

A 71-year-old Illinois woman drowned in a golf course water hazard when the cart she was driving veered off a steep slope into the pond.

Other golfers, including her husband, Maurice, 78, were unable to rescue Margaret Scott in the Thursday accident at the Landings Yacht Golf & Tennis Club. The cart sank quickly in 30-foot-deep water, and Scott, of Park Ridge, Ill., didn't know how to swim.

Lee County sheriff's Deputy Larry King said Maurice Scott had just hit a chip shot to the green on the seventh hole and motioned for his wife to bring the electric cart forward. Margaret Scott, sitting on the passenger side, apparently lost control of the cart.

Six people tried to rescue Scott by jumping into the water, but no one could reach her.

Divers were able to pull her out after about 20 minutes and tried for 30 minutes to revive her, but they could not.

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