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Man drowns on main lake

On July 14, at about 4:20 p.m. police and fire personnel responded to a swimmer under water in the main lake in Lake Saint Louis.

Antrevion Q. Townsell, 22, of Chesterfield, had waded into the water from a dock off Jefferson Point, near Civic Center and Dauphine drives. According to witnesses, he began to struggle as he moved into deeper water.

Another person swam out and attempted to grab Townsell and pull him to safety but was unable to do so, authorities said, noting that Townsell was not wearing a life jacket.

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.

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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