UPDATED: Teen's body recovered from Barachois Pond

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Counselling services available to kids at Appalacia High School where teen was a student

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A 17-year-old boy died at Barachois Pond Provincial Park on Wednesday evening.

The boy had been fishing from the shore when his line became hooked up on something in the water and he decided to swim out to try to free the line.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say that after several minutes in the water the boy began to exhibit signs of being in distress. Efforts by those who were with him at the time to assist him were unsuccessful. He was last seen in the water about 25 feet from the shore.

Police were notified of the incident by the park warden at 7:26 p.m.

Ken Morrissey, director of communications with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, said counseling services are in place today at Appalachia High School in St. George’s, where the youth was a student, and will be for tomorrow as well.

He said this certainly is a sad time for the school and the school board offers its condolences to family, friends and members of the school community.

RCMP members, park wardens, the Barachois Ground Search and Rescue Team and members of the Marine Institute Safety and Emergency Rescue Training Center searched the water in boats using underwater cameras and recovered the boy's body at approximately 10:57 p.m.

 The name of the boy will not be released at this time and an autopsy is pending.  

 

Organizations: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Barachois Ground Search, Marine Institute Safety and Emergency Rescue Training Center

Geographic location: Barachois Pond Provincial Park

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