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High School Student Swept Away By Wave Drowns During Beach Cleanup

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Lifeguard station at Santa Monica beach (Photo by Andy Kennelly via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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A high school senior died after being swept away by a large wave during a Santa Monica beach cleanup.Thuy Thanh Tran, a 17-year-old student from Boyle Heights' Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, was volunteering at Santa Monica Beach this past Saturday, when she was overwhelmed by the wave, according to ABC 7. Tran was missing in the water for nearly an hour before her body was found unresponsive.

Tran was then rushed to the hospital where she was put on life support. But she was pronounced dead at 5:15 a.m. Sunday, according to the L.A. Times.

According to a release from the Los Angeles Unified School District, the school has had crisis counselors available during the week for students and staff. They also say the cleanup was not a school-sponsored event.

"The L.A. Unified family is deeply saddened by the accidental drowning of a Bravo Medical Magnet High School student during a beach cleanup project this weekend," Superintendent Michelle King said in the statement. "Our hearts go out to the relatives and friends of this exceptional young woman, and to the entire school community."

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Tran was a senior at the school, a track star and a candidate to graduate at the top of her class as valedictorian.