- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - A report conducted for a Maine school district has determined that adult chaperones and a lifeguard didn’t see a student struggling in the water and that the only lifeguard was 100 yards away.

The Sun Journal reports the preliminary findings by a law firm hired by the superintendent indicate adult chaperones felt that the lifeguard was slow to respond. The body of 13-year-old Rayan Lewis was ultimately found a half-hour after he went missing.

Lewis was on a trip at Range Pond State Park last Tuesday when he drowned. Officials say the boy had been playing with friends within a buoyed swimming area.

Superintendent Bill Webster prohibited swimming on all school field trips on Tuesday. He said policies and procedures will be updated before the fall.


Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com

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