(KMOV) – A 17-year-old male is dead after drowning in Lake St. Louis.
The victim was identified as Cole Schlogl, from Florissant, Missouri.
Authorities said seven friends went out on a boat at Woodlands Marina around 10:30 p.m. Sunday and consumed alcohol on the boat. As they were returning to the dock, Schlogl and another friend reportedly decided to take one more swim off the back of the boat. The friend swam back to the boat, but he and the others lost sight of Schlogl and started calling to him.
Authorities said three of the group jumped into the water to search for him. They were unable to find him. They then called the Lake St. Louis Police to report him as missing.
Several crews conducted an extensive search for the missing teen. Around 4 a.m. Monday Schlogl's body was recovered and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing and police are awaiting results from the Medical Examiner's Office to determine more details involving the teen's death. Although police are still gathering information, preliminary findings appear to indicate that the drowning was accidental.
Police said that examination of the scene revealed no indication of foul play and that their agency did not have any charges pending in the incident.
Missouri State Water Patrol is conducting a separate investigation and charged one individual with boating while intoxicated (BWI) involving an accident. At this time police have found no indication that the condition of the boat's operator had any bearing on the drowning.
"This appears to have been a very, very tragic accident," said Chief Michael Force of the Lake Saint Louis Police Department. "It is heartbreaking for all involved and our sympathy goes out to the victim's friends and family."