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Middle schooler who drowned in Prairieville pond was unable to swim after canoe overturned

3 days 16 hours 6 minutes ago Tuesday, June 11 2024 Jun 11, 2024 June 11, 2024 1:21 PM June 11, 2024 in News
Source: WBRZ

PRAIRIEVILLE - Officials said a middle schooler who drowned in a pond Monday afternoon was in a canoe with friends when it flipped over. He was unable to swim to safety.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said a 12-year-old child went into the water in the Keystone Subdivision around 5:45 p.m. He was in a canoe with friends when the boat overturned. He was the only one on board who did not know how to swim, and his friends were unable to save him, officials said. 

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said the boy's body was recovered by a dive team around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. 

"Summer brings out our kids, school's out. They're going to be active in our community but you just never want to see it end like this," Sheriff Webre said.

The boy was a student at Galvez Middle School. The school principals sent this message to parents Tuesday:

"A tragic accident resulted in the loss of a child yesterday in the Keystone subdivision. We are working closely with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office while respecting the privacy of the family. Please know that we had counselors available today at our schools, and we will continue to have counseling available during summer school this week. Should any students need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us."
The victim's identity has not been released. 

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