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Teenager drowns in Clinch Co. pond

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News of Clark's death weighs heavy on so many hearts. Grief counselors are helping students at Clinch Co. High. News of Clark's death weighs heavy on so many hearts. Grief counselors are helping students at Clinch Co. High.

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

Clinch County, GA (WALB) -  Sixteen-year-old James Clark jumped into a pond off Antioch Road, even though he didn't know how to swim.

Investigators say he and five of his friends were hanging out there after school.

 "It was a pretty afternoon they were out here playing around cutting up by the pond and decided they'd go swimming," said Investigator Allen Morgan. "He got out there and they tried to help him he told them he had it and the next thing they looked back and he never came back up."

Investigators were told Clark couldn't swim. "He was a freshman at Clinch County High School. This is his eighth grade yearbook picture. Clark drowned around five last night."

Clinch County EMS, the sheriff's office and fire department responded to the scene and recovered his body in an hour. "There was three of us in the water looking for him," Morgan said.

They used a pole from a fire truck to feel around the bottom of the pond. "The sheriff actually went down and grabbed a hold of the body, and held the rope at the same time, and we pulled him and the body up at the same time."

The body was pulled from the northwest part of the watering hole about 8-10 feet below the surface.

Investigators warn that small ponds can be dangerous and are often deeper than they appear.

 "I was in shock and I had just seen him Saturday," said kioena Tolbert, Clark's Cousin "It was just devastating."

She said Clark always kidded around with her.

"Him and my little cousin, they was good friends," said Jim Glaze.

It's a terrible tragedy for friends, family and students to grasp. This sad news of Clark's death weighs heavy on so many hearts in Clinch County.  Grief counselors are helping students at Clinch County High.


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