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Stamford Sixth-Grader Dies After Being Swept Out Into Long Island Sound

Boy Reportedly In Water For 3 Hours, Pronounced Dead At Hospital
Rashad Gross, 12, died after being caught in powerful current while swimming in Connecticut. (Credit: Handout)

Rashad Gross, 12, died after being caught in powerful current while swimming in Connecticut. (Credit: Handout)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A boy who was swept out by the current while swimming with friends in Stamford, Conn. has died, CBS 2 has learned.

Sixth-grader Rashad Gross was part of a group of friends from Turner River Middle School in Stamford.

The group made plans to go swimming near Cove Island Park on Friday afternoon as the tide was possibly going out,  CBS 2′s Lou Young reported.

Beachgoers at the life-guarded section of the park said they noticed a commotion at around 2 p.m. and began a frantic search for the boy.

The group had been swimming in the channel between Stamford and Darien, where strong currents made it difficult for them to return to shore, according to a statement released by the Stamford Police Department.

Divers were on the scene for hours.

The Gross was located around 5 p.m. and was taken to Stamford Hospital, Young reported. He was in the water for three hours and was pronounced dead early Friday evening.

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