Rescue crews recover body of teen drowned in White River

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 31, 2014) — Rescue crews recovered the body of a 13-year-old boy in the White River early Saturday morning. Micah Strong of Indianapolis had been with a group of four other friends who were swimming under the Kentucky Avenue Bridge in the 1000 block of South White River Parkway West Drive. Police say he was standing on the river bank when he slipped into the water. Officials say the current was very strong and when he began flailing his arms and yelling for help, two other friends jumped in. The boy began to pull them under the water, so they broke free and got to shore, but they couldn’t see their friend in the water anymore. So they ran to a nearby street to flag down help.

Police say an IPS officer in the area stopped to help the kids, disrobing and jumping in the water to search. Rescue crews arrived just before midnight, and had rescuers in the water within 20 minutes of the 911 call. They launched two boats and eight divers into the water over the course of three hours. The boy’s body was recovered around 3 a.m.

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