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Bates freshman dies during Scotland study-abroad

LEWISTON, Maine - A Bates College freshman from New Hampshire collapsed and died after taking a twilight dip in the ocean while participating in a study-abroad program in Scotland, officials said Monday.

Evan Dube, 19, of Plaistow, went into the water while he and nine other Bates students were on the beach for a cookout south of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands on Saturday night, police said. He collapsed after returning from the water and was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

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Dube went for a swim shortly after the group arrived at 9 p.m., police said. His friends performed CPR while awaiting help, police said.

Scottish police issued a statement saying the cause of death wasn’t considered suspicious.

The Bates students were participating in the Shetland Islands Climate and Settlement Project, an ongoing archeological research project funded by the National Science Foundation that involves scholars from Bates and other colleges and universities. They had been in Scotland since April 30.

At Bates, more than 200 students, faculty, and staff gathered on the Lewiston campus for comfort and support Sunday night.

Majoring in classical studies, Dube built upon his high school theatrical resume by playing the role of a cowboy in the Bates production of “Bus Stop.’’ He also won the competition to become the first new student to recite the Bates mission statement during freshman orientation.

Dube’s classmates in Scotland are receiving grief counseling and will return to the United States as scheduled Tuesday, the college said.

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