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Two Teenage Boys Drown Off Sea Camp Beach

Cumberland Island National Seashore

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Two 16-year-old boys drowned while swimming off Sea Camp beach late on the morning of Saturday, June 24th. Witnesses report that the two young men were swimming for about 15 minutes when family members lost sight of them. As soon as they received the call, rangers began a search for them. They were assisted by two officers and two rescue divers from the Georgia Department of National Resources as well as personnel from the Coast Guard. One of the boys was found about 40 minutes after he’d last been seen. Rangers administered CPR until a medevac helicopter arrived and flew him to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Shortly after the helicopter departed, rangers found the second boy and again administered CPR until a second helicopter arrived on scene to take him to Shands Hospital. Both were later pronounced dead.



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