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Teen drowns in lake in Neudörfl

A 17-year-old has died in a swimming accident in the district Neudörfl in Burgenland on Sunday.

The teenager, who lived in a Caritas home, was swimming in a lake in Neudörfl and was around 40 metres from the shore when he tried to swim back and ran into problems.

Witnesses say they saw the teen wave his hands in distress, triggering a friend to raise the alarm. By the time the fire department arrived many people were already in the water searching for the boy. "When we arrived many people were already in the water and looking after the boys," said fire service team leader Lukas Kaiser.

Two scuba divers from the Vienna fire brigade eventually recovered him from a depth of 15 metres over an hour after he was seen running into difficulties in the water. They attempted to resuscitate the teen and rushed him to AKH hospital by helicopter but doctors were unable to save his life, police said on Monday.

The roommates of the boy at the Caritas home have been receiving care from the crisis intervention team in Burgenland.

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