Altamonte Springs boy, 14, drowns at Daytona Beach

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A 14-year-old Altamonte Springs boy drowned at Daytona Beach on Thursday afternoon.


Volusia County Beach Safety said the boy was swimming with his friends near the Hard Rock Hotel around 7:30 p.m.

The three other teens whom the boy was swimming with started making their way to shore when they could no longer see him, beach safety said.

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Officials then searched the water with rescue skis, drones and rescue swimmers. The search ended around 9 p.m. due to low visibility.

Beach safety officials said the missing swimmer was found less than a mile north of where he was reported missing, about 30 minutes later by bystanders.

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Officials performed lifesaving measures and took the boy to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.