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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Police: Eckerd College student drowns while paddleboarding

An 18-year-old Eckerd College freshman drowned while paddleboarding between the college and Maximo Park this afternoon, the St. Petersburg Police Department said.

Police said Jessica L. Gartenberg was paddleboarding with friends when she was discovered lying face down in the water. She was brought to shore by witnesses and taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where was later pronounced dead.

Gartenberg, who was from St. Louis, was not wearing a flotation device, police said, and there were no signs of injury.

Police received the call at 2:34 p.m.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will make a final determination as to the cause of death, but police said it appears to be an accidental drowning.