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18-year-old drowns in Boiling Spring Lakes

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BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) -- A swimming trip turned tragic in Brunswick County Thursday. An 18-year-old boy drowned while swimming in Spring Lake.

Witnesses say the boy and his friend were calling for help from the water. The friend managed to make it to shore. Swimmers looked for the 18-year-old while they waited for help to arrive, but it was too late.

"The more time went by, the more upset I got because I realized he had been under for a long time," said witness Terry Bennett.

"We've never had anyone drown in this lake before," said witness Carissa Ussery. "It scared me."

It took rescue crews about 45 minutes to find the boy's body. Boiling Spring Lakes police will not release the boy's name until they contact his family.

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Tragic Drowning

Its so sad for a day of fun to end this way. My prayers go out to his loved ones.

the witness was misinformed

the witness was misinformed there actually was a drowning in the lake just in june, I am sure there have been others

I would like to say that I

I would like to say that I had some family memebers at the lake yesterday when all this happen. But would like to say that i am very proud of my niece Michelle Ikner because while others scearched for him she realized the young man laying on shore that was freinds with the one that drowned. She seen that he also was in trouble and jumped right in taking his pulse getting him water and trying to get him to slow his breathing down. It really was up setting when a police officer was just standing there doing nothing to even help this boy. I think that all that helped these two boys should be thanked !

poor baby

I just learned of this today and am tore up i have known him since he was a baby and i feel soo soo bad for him and his family he has always been a good boy and good to his mom such a shame i hate this. I wish his family the best