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Updated: 07/17/2017 08:30:00AM

Teen drowns at Boca Grande beach

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Gody Marcelin, left, pictured with Kristofer McNealy at a Port Charlotte Bandits game last year, drowned Saturday off Boca Grande.

By SOMMER BROKAW

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BOCA GRANDE — A 15-year-old Port Charlotte High School student died after being rescued from the waters off Boca Grande Saturday evening.

Marine units from Charlotte and Lee counties were called out to Boca Grande beach regarding a lost swimmer near a lighthouse at 5:44 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., Boca Grande Marine Unit found a 15-year-old floating in the water. They pulled him out, but could not resuscitate him. It’s unclear how long he was in the water before emergency crews were called. He never made it to the hospital, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

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