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Bates College student dies after going swimming at Scottish beach

LONDON -- An American teenager collapsed and died after going swimming at a Scottish beach, officials said.

Evan Dube, a first-year student at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, was working at an archaeological research project in the Shetland Islands, police said.


Dube, from Plaistow, N.H., was with a group of 10 students from Bates College who went to a beach in Lerwick for a barbecue on Saturday night, police said in a statement.  

 

 

"Shortly afterwards Evan went into the water and after coming ashore appears to have collapsed," police said.

Dube, 19, was airlifted to the local hospital, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, according to police. 

While there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, an autopsy was planned for Monday, a police spokeswoman told msnbc.com.

Dube's family had been informed of his death, police said. 

"Bates College has been shaken and deeply saddened to learn that first-year student Evan Dube died," the liberal arts college said in a statement. "At this time we have no other information about the incident to offer -- simply that we have lost a member of our Bates community long before his time. Evan's fellow students in Scotland are receiving grief counseling and will return to Boston on Tuesday."

A memorial service was held at Bates on Sunday. A spokesman for the college was not immediately available for comment. 

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