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Man indetified in Lake Saint Louis drowning

The Missouri Highway Patrol has identified the man who drowned on July 14 in the main lake at Lake Saint Louis.

Antrevion Q. Townsell, 22, of Chesterfield, was pulled from the main lake after police and fire personnel responded to a call about 4:20 p.m.  He had disappeared under water when responders arrived.

The patrol said that Townsell waded into the water from a dock off Jefferson Point, near Civic Center and Dauphine drives.  He began to struggle as he moved into deeper water.

According to the patrol, another person swam out and attempted to grab Townsell and pull him to safety but was unable to do so. He was not wearing a life jacket, the patrol said.

Lake Saint Louis police and the Lake Saint Louis, Lincoln County and Wentzville fire protection districts and the Missouri Water Patrol responded to the scene, said Doug Raines, a spokesperson for the Lake Saint Louis Fire Department.

LSL Rescue

Rescuers on Lake Saint Louis

Raines said responders deployed a boat and sonar equipment to try to locate the victim. A dive team from the Lincoln County Fire Protection District was called and a diver retrieved the body, he said. Townsell was pronounced dead by St. Charles County emergency responders at 5:41 p.m.

Lake Saint Louis Police Capt. Chris DiGiuseppi said drownings are rare in Lake Saint Louis, which has two community lakes.

“In the last 10 or 12 years, we’ve only had a few,” he said. “We’ve been fortunate because we have people drinking on the lake.”

The last major incident occurred last January when three 14-year-old boys fell through the ice at Lake Sainte Louise, the smallest community lakes, he said. One of the boys, John Smith, spent 15 minutes underwater before being rescued and another 40 minutes before a heartbeat returned. The other boys were able to get out of the lake unharmed.

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