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Dec 28, 1998

Belize City youth drowns near airstrip

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A Sunday outing at the makeshift beach near the Municipal Airstrip has ended in tragedy. According to police, seventeen year old Gilroy Hilton of a Neal Pen Road address, had just arrived at the popular swimming area with three of his friends. Ten minutes later, around three thirty, the young man apparently dove into the water. It is not clear as to what may have happened below, but shortly after Hilton is reported to have surfaced. It was then the friends report they saw Hilton foaming from his nose and mouth. They quickly grabbed their companion from the sea and tried to revive him by administering CPR, but the young man did not respond and was rushed to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where a few minutes later, he was pronounced dead. A postmortem examination is scheduled for Tuesday.

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