Teenager from Illinois Drowns Swimming in Meramec River

(Sullivan) A teenager from Illinois drowned over the weekend in the Meramec River.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it took place Saturday at Meramec Caverns Campground Beach when a 15-year-old boy entered the river to swim but the water became too deep for him.

The teenager from Collinsville went under the water and never resurfaced.

He was rescued from the river but it was too late.

The teen was pronounced dead after being taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan.