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Swimming Tragedy in Stamford

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has drowned in a swimming accident off Cove Island Park in Stamford.

Police Chief Jon Fontneau tells the Stamford Advocate  that Rashad Gross of Stamford was found in six feet of water late Friday afternoon, about three hours after he was reported missing.

Fontneau said the boy was wading with two friends near the Holly Pond spillway when the current apparently pulled him into deeper water and he disappeared in the murky water. The police chief said a woman called 911 to report several children struggling in the water.  The others made it to safety.

Park lifeguards, divers and rescue teams from several agencies looked for the boy.

Fire Capt. Trevor Roach said water visibility was so poor the diver who found the boy located his body by touch.
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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

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