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New York man drowned in hotel pool

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

July 25, 2008.

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - A man visiting Americus for a family reunion, drowned in the swimming pool of the motel where he was staying.

20-year-old Lavar Wilson of New York City, and two teenagers were visiting their grandmother when they were dropped off at the Days Inn for a swim.

Just around noon on Friday afternoon, Wilson jumped into the pool, and the teenagers saw him wave once before going under.

One of the teens tried to pull him from the bottom of the pool but was unsuccessful.

It is a tragedy in a time that was supposed to be a celebration, Wilson and other family members were in town for a family reunion.

"He knew how to swim, they say he was swimming since he was 12-years-old, that didn't seem to be a concern of the family's. Right now we really didn't know what happened, whether there was some type of medical problem before he went under," said Greg Hancock, Sumter County Coroner.

Wilson was unresponsive when he was pulled from the pool.

He was under water for 8 to 15 minutes.

Medical personnel tried to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:35 Friday afternoon.

His body will be sent to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta for an Autopsy.

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