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Evan Dube from Bates College in Maine dies during Shetland research visit

An American teenager visiting Shetland on a research project died after going into the sea during a beach party.

Evan Dube, 19, was one of a group students who came to the isles from Bates College in Maine.

Students had gone to West Voe beach on Saturday night. Mr Dube went into the sea, but after coming ashore it is understood he collapsed.

He was airlifted to hospital but was pronounced dead. A report is being submitted to the procurator fiscal.

'Grief counselling'

Bates College said in a statement: "Bates College has been shaken and deeply saddened to learn that first-year student Evan Dube died on Saturday night.

"We have lost a member of our Bates community long before his time.

"Evan's fellow students in Scotland are receiving grief counselling and will return to Boston on Tuesday."

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