Eastern Missouri teen dies trying to swim across Meramec River

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UNION, Mo. — A teenager has died after attempting to swim across the Meramec River in Franklin County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

17-year-old William Bergner Jr., of Bourbon, died Sunday night after he tried to swim across the river from a campground boat access inside Meramec State Park in Franklin County. He became exhausted, went under the water and was not able to resurface, the patrol said.

Bergner was taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead at 7:51 p.m. on May 16.

No other information has been released.

Meramec State Park is located about an hour southwest of St. Louis, around 67 miles.

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