Teen drowns while trying to retrieve cell phone

June 7, 2007 16:08

A teenager drowned after jumping into a lake to get a cell phone he dropped during a fishing trip. The teen, Eddie Allen, 16, of Durham, was fishing Wednesday in Falls Lake with Garrick McCollum, 24. McCollum jumped in after Allen and started struggling. Another fisherman helped McCollum, but could not help Allen. Witnesses said Allen tried to climb a concrete embankment at the fishing area but could not get out because it was slick with algae.

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