St. Louis native drowns while paddle boarding in Florida

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by Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 10:16 PM

(KMOV.com) – A St. Louis native has drowned two weeks after leaving for college.

Authorities said 18-year-old Jessie Gartenberg was paddle boarding with some friends on the Intercoastal Waterway in St. Petersburg, Fla when she fell off the paddleboard. She attempted to swim to a nearby dock but did not make it.

Gartenberg graduated from Ladue High School in 2013 and was in St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College.

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