Boy, 15, drowns at Ann Abramson dock
Published: October 15, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Police and other emergency responders were called to a desperate scene Monday afternoon as they joined residents in feverish attempts to revive an unconscious 15-year-old swimmer in Frederiksted.
V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said the boy and some of his friends were on the small dock at the Ann Abramson Marine Facility and jumped into the water.
Jumping or diving off of that dock or the larger cruise-ship dock is a pastime that has been enjoyed by residents for decades.
Rames said when the boy jumped into the water he was unable to sustain himself in the water and went back under the water at least two times.
Two adult swimmers in the area saw the distressed child and tried to help him, while another set of individuals in a nearby boat saw the scene unfolding and scooped him out of the water and brought him to shore where they began unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him there, according to Rames.
The first call to emergency dispatchers was made at 3:39 p.m.
Rames said firefighters from the Queen Street Fire Station were the first medical responders on the scene and were closely followed by police officers and emergency medical technicians, who also were unable to bring the boy back to life.
Rames said she was unable to confirm the boy's identity Monday night.
Relatives of the boy identified him as Adondre Brathwaite, a ninth-grader at Free Will Baptist Christian School.
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