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A 19-year-old young man drowned in the Seine trying to retrieve a balloon from the Seine, in Rouen, on Sunday.
Emergency services were alerted to the incident in the morning, around 11:15 a.m.
Two young adults jumped into the river to retrieve a ball.
According to Le Parisien, a 20-year-old man managed to get back on the bank, but the second individual, the 19-year-old, remained underwater for about twenty minutes.
Sources confirmed daily that “this person could not swim [and that] she remained under water for about 20 minutes”.
Despite long attempts at resuscitation, the young man was pronounced dead on the spot.
His friend was taken to a hospital to treat nervous shock.
The Seine is a 777 kilometer long French river, which crosses several major cities, including Paris.