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Afternoon swim turns deadly

May 26, 2005

Echols County - A South Georgia teen drowned in the Alapaha River Wednesday.

Sixteen-year-old Steven Lafferty was swimming with friends in Echols County when he jumped off the May Day Bridge into the water and never came up.

Investigators say Lafferty couldn't swim well and his friends tried to save him, but couldn't.  "He kept trying to pull them under with him when they were trying to help get him out so they had to go ahead and swim to shore," said Sheriff Randy Courson. 

Divers recovered Lafferty's body around 9:30 Wednesday night.

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