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Published On: Wed, Nov 28th, 2012

Malvrick Donkor, drowned Connecticut student, was underwater for 17 minutes before anyone noticed

A Connecticut high school student found dead in his school’s pool last week was reportedly under water for 17 minutes before he was discovered.

Malvrick Donkor

Malvrick Donkor, age 14, was found in the deep end of the pool at Manchester City High School on Wednesday and rushed to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

But an anonymous source told the Hartford Courant that a surveillance tape from the scene shows Donkor getting into the pool and disappearing underwater, where he then went unnoticed for a significant amount of time even as other students swam around him.

“There’s no splashing, no flailing like you would typically think of,” the source told the paper. “He just slipped underwater. Other kids were swimming over the top of him, not knowing he was down below.”

The source, who claimed to have seen the tape, told the paper that other students can later be seen leaving the pool as P.E. class ends. Only then does one of them realize that Donkor is still underwater.

That student reportedly alerted the swimming teacher Thayer Redman, who pulled the already unresponsive Donkor out of the pool.

911 calls made from the scene of the accident give a clue to the frantic situation at the pool.

“We need help!” a student can be heard saying in one emergency call. “I’m at Manchester High School. We’ve had a student that’s drowned in the Manchester pool.”

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  1. james barlow says:

    the rot has definitely set in. glad i moved to canada six years ago….

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