OLD LYME, Conn. — The Department of Energy & Environmental Police say that they responded to drowning at Rocky Neck State Park in Old Lyme Saturday evening. Despite the efforts of bystanders and first responders, a young man died.
The victim was a 19-year-old male who was swimming at the popular Niantic beach when he went underwater. The male was from a group home and was pulled from the water by another group home member. DEEP says the man was believed to be underwater for several minutes.
CPR was performed by a good Samaritan Certified Nursing Assistant. Additional lifesaving efforts were administered once EMS arrived on scene, and then the victim was transported to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, where he was eventually pronounced dead.
On Sunday, DEEP identified the victim as Dante Robinson, 19, of the Oakdale section of Montville.
DEEP's Environmental & Conservation (EnCon) Police are actively investigating at this time.
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