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Man saved teen, couldn’t stop other 6 from drowning

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SHREVEPORT (AP) — Christopher Patlan was hanging out with friends on the Red River when he heard the desperate screams coming from seven teenagers. One minute they were wading in shallow water, the next they plunged into a dropoff 25 feet deep.

Patlan bolted the three yards to the river and jumped in, saving 15-year-old DeKendrix Warner. By the time he had dragged the boy to safety, the six others from two families — all nonswimmers — had drowned. Family members, who also can’t swim, watched helplessly.

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