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Teen drowns while trying to swim across Meramec River

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Published: May. 18, 2021 at 3:48 AM CDT
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UNION, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an eastern Missouri teenager drowned when he tried to swim across the Meramec River.

The patrol says 17-year-old William Bergner Jr., of Bourbon, died Sunday night after the incident inside Meramec State Park.

The patrol says Bergner tried to swim across the river near a campground boat access in Franklin County.

He became exhausted and went under the water, and was unable to resurface.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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