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Local Student Dies While Paddleboarding

Local Student Dies While Paddleboarding

St.Petersburg, Fla.-(970 WFLA)-An 18 year-old Eckerd College student is dead after trying to swim to shore in the intercoastal waterway, between the campus and Maximo Park.  St. Pete P.D. is investigating, but says 18 year-old Jessica Gartenberg drowned.

Gartenberg was paddleboarding with twenty friends, but was having trouble staying on the board.  A dock worker says Gartenberg started swimming to shore, but when the worker looked a second she could no longer see the teen.  

Gartenberg was found face down in the water, brought to shore and transported to Bayfront Medical Center. She died at the hospital.


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