South Florida teen drowns after jumping from bridge one day before his 18th birthday

HIALEAH, Fla. — A South Florida teen drowned after taking a fatal plunge from a park bridge on the day before his 18th birthday.

Hialeah police say Davonte Macklin and a friend decided to go for a swim at McDonald Park on Thursday afternoon. The teens jumped from a bridge about 2 p.m.

The Miami Herald reports the friend surfaced, but Macklin did not.

Detective Eddie Rodriguez says the friend and a passerby dove into the water to search for the teen. When they couldn't find him, they called police. Divers found the body about 40 minutes later.

Rodriguez says the lake is at least 20 feet deep.

Macklin and his friend got out of school at nearby Hialeah-Miami Senior High at noon Thursday because of an early-release day.


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