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Judge orders ‘The Offsets’ close after series of drownings 

MADISON COUNTY, Mo. - A judge has ordered an eastern Missouri swimming hole known as ``The Offsets'' to cease operation until safety measures are implemented, citing several drownings there over the past several years.

Judge Wendy Wexler Horn's ruling on Thursday was in response to a lawsuit filed in July by then-Attorney General Josh Hawley.

The current attorney general, Eric Schmitt, says at least nine people have died from drowning or falling from bluffs at The Offsets since the 1980s, including two who died last year.

The Offsets is in an old quarry area near Fredericktown.

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