The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office today identified a 13-year-old boy as having drowned Friday night in a canal off Alternate A1A in suburban Palm Beach Gardens.
Jefferson Rossen was fishing, climbed a fence for unknown reasons, lost his grip and fell into the water in the area of Hinda Road and Alternate A1A, the sheriff’s office said. Witnesses said Jefferson showed signs of distress and fell beneath the water’s surface.
Divers from Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue responded around 7 p.m. and removed Rossen from the water. He was taken by ambulance to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said.