ST. AUGUSTINE (WALB) - A Lowndes High School senior died after going missing at St. Augustine Beach Sunday afternoon.
According to our partners at the Valdosta Daily Times, Jaylen Lott, 18, went missing while swimming at a beach in Florida.
Lott was later found and flown to Flagler Hospital in critical condition. Officials with the Lowndes County School System confirmed that Lott has passed away.
Investigators said Lott and three other swimmers got stuck in the surf. Three of them managed to make it back to shore before the search for Lott began.
According to officials, Lott helped push the other swimmers to shore before he went missing in the water.
"It is tough, it's a tough day in Lowndes County schools and again our hearts go out to the family, it's always hard to understand and explain when we lose a student. So, it's a tough day for us," said Lowndes County School District Public Information Officer Laverne Rome.
The official report from the Saint Augustine Beach Police Department indicated that the death was an accidental drowning, blamed on a rip current in the Ocean Trace Beach area.
Helicopters, boats and jet skis were used in the search for Lott, according to a witness.
Mulligan said CPR was used on Lott before he was flown to the hospital.
St. Augustine Beach Police Department is currently investigating the case.
Grief counselors were at LHS Monday if students needed them.