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The young Quebec swimmer was training on Wednesday with his teammates when he disappeared at sea.

The Canadian Press

A Quebec teenager died in Florida while training in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico with his Montreal high school swim team during spring break, according to authorities .

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, near Tampa, said the body of William Zhang, aged 17, was found by an underwater search and recovery team late Wednesday afternoon. The boy failed to return to shore after his team's morning swim practice, police said.

Collège Notre-Dame, the private Montreal high school that the teenager attended, indicated in an email that students and staff had been deeply affected by the boy's death.

This private establishment, located in the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce district, indicates that resources in psychological support are offered to students and staff of the College.

The swimmers and triathletes of Collège Notre-Dame , as well as their coaches, are back in Quebec, said the management of the establishment. The spokesperson declined to provide further information about the spring break swimming trip.

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ELSE ON NEWS: US authorities open criminal investigation into Boeing&MAX 9< incident~ p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Police were called Wednesday morning when the teen failed to return to the ground at the end of morning practice. News of his disappearance sparked a massive search and rescue effort that involved police, firefighters, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard, the sheriff's office said. of Pinellas County, on the west coast of the Florida peninsula.

The boy's body was eventually found in 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, more than eight hours after she was reported missing.

Police say the coaches swimmers said they checked for currents and other hazards at sea before practice began Wednesday.

The cause of death does not appear suspicious and the investigation is continuing, the sheriff's office added.

The Quebec Swimming Federation wrote a note on social networks to express its sadness following the death of the young man. Although William was not affiliated with our Federation, his loss touches us and the entire aquatic community is in mourning, we read on Facebook.

The Federation indicates that it will work closely with local authorities to understand the circumstances of this tragic event.

We would like to remind all athletes currently in training camps abroad that safety remains our top priority, adds the Federation.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116