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SHREVEPORT (AP) — Six teenagers who could not swim drowned in a northwest Louisiana river during a family outing, falling into deep water from the shallows where they were wading.

Officials planned to hold a news conference today to release more details about the deaths of the six, who drowned Monday in the Red River in a popular recreational area where sand bars gave way to 20-foot depths. A seventh teen, a 14-year-old, was rescued.

“They had one lifejacket here. As you can imagine, everybody started yelling for help. Nobody could swim,” said Caddo Parish sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick.

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