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17-year old still missing on Ocean Pond

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

LAKE PARK, GA (WALB) – Emergency crews and dive teams have been searching Ocean Pond in Lake Park since Saturday afternoon for 17-year-old James Eunice.

There is still no sign the Valdosta high senior who fell into the Lowdnes County lake around 2 p.m. Saturday while duck hunting.

Helicopters from Moody Air Force Base were in the air, and divers from the sheriff's office were in and on the water.

A number of his classmates showed up at the search site to be with the family.

Rescuers say the water temperature is hampering the search.

"Water temperature is about 45 degrees so it presents some special challenges to dive in that colder water," said Lt. Stryde Jones, Lowdnes Co. Sheriff's Office.

"James is a top notch student at Valdosta High School, a member of the IB program very outgoing and athletic," said Jennifer Steedley, Valdosta City Schools Dir. of Public Relations. 

The search will continue until they find Eunice.

Valdosta High is closed on Monday, Tuesday counselors will be available to help students cope with the ongoing search for their classmate.

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