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May 30 10:16 AM

Boy, 7, drowns at Cypress Lake

A 7-year-old boy from Shreveport drowned at Cypress Black Bayou Recreation Area in Benton Monday afternoon.

Dawton Smith of Shreveport was swimming with family and friends near the swimming area around the marina at Cypress Lake.

Family and friends noticed Smith was no longer visible and began to search. Numerous by standers made an organized line to search for the child.

Smith was found and pulled from the lake, at which time Bossier deputies and an off-duty Shreveport paramedic began CPR on the child.

Despite the efforts made to revive him, Smith was not able to be resuscitated.

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