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Boy drowns in St. Charles County

By AP/KWMU

New Melle, MO – A boy drowned Sunday while swimming in a pond at his family's home in St. Charles County.

Crews that responded to the family's home near New Melle were unable to get to the boy in time.

They say the boy and a friend went for a swim as they were celebrating the victim's 15th birthday. They say the teen experienced difficulties in the water and told his friend he didn't think he was going to make it.

The friend ran for help, and the boy's father tried to rescue him. The pond was murky which made it difficult to see.

Rescue divers recovered the boy when they arrived, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital. The boy's name has not yet been released.

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