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DEEP identifies group home teen who drowned at Rocky Neck State Park

A good Samaritan started CPR, but the 19-year-old from Montville was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Rocky Neck State Park

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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