Police report death of 15-year-old found unconscious in lagoon

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — A boy found unconscious and unresponsive after being found submerged in a lagoon behind at a home in Brick Township has died, a spokesman for the Brick Township Police Department reported.

The death of the youth, who has not been identified, was announced by Brick Township Police Sgt. Jim Kelly, who had earlier reported that police officers were called to 58 Toronto Drive at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday night.

A text message issued by the Brick Township School District announced that grief counselors will be available to speak with students at Brick Township High School and Lake Riviera Middle School on Monday.

According to the statement, the boy was swimming in the lagoon at the rear of the residence with several friends, and after going under the water did not resurface. After approximately five minutes, a member of the group noticed his absence and several people began searching for him, the release states.

The boy was finally located by the homeowner after several diving attempts. According to the release, he was pulled onto a nearby boat where attempts were made to revive him. Police and EMTs continued efforts to save the boy’s life upon arrival, before he was transported by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune City. 

The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the response.

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