Body of swimmer missing since Tuesday found

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Submitted: Sun, 05/19/2013 - 12:30pm
Updated: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 12:26pm

HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The body of a swimmer missing since Tuesday in Lockwood Folly Inlet has been found in Brunswick County.

Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne says the body of Kwesi Sample was found around 7 a.m. about a half mile from where he was last seen. The 21-year-old from Columbus, OH, was visiting the area as part of a church conference.

Police say Sample and some friends were trying to swim from Holden Beach to Oak Island Tuesday afternoon, when Sample began struggling and went underwater. Earlier this week Chief Layne said the strong current in inlet and water temperature in the low 60s may have been factors in Sample’s drowning.

Crews began searching for Sample Tuesday after getting a 911 call just after 5 p.m. Several agencies took part in the search on land and water and in the air over the next few days. They used divers and side scan sonar to try and find Sample.

In a news release, Layne said Sample’s body has been released to the Brunswick County Medical Examiner’s Office pending release to his family.


  • Guest jassss says:

    half of you people probably didnt even know him but yall are too sweet!. kwesi was my church leader a brother … he was the most excited person i have ever seen there was not one day he came to homechurch sad always happy teaching me so much a bout GOD.. losing him was the most tragic thing ever i will always remmeber him no matter what .

  • clark ginn says:

    Kwesi was like a brother to me. He helped save me. He kept me from committing suicide. I thank God for puttin him in my life, im glad he was there wen i needed him. I love him and cant wait to see him again. R.I.P Kwesi

  • Ohio Guest says:

    From a fellow Ohioan, my deepest sympathies to the family & friends of this young man! This is a very sad reminder that even though the ocean is a thing of such beauty it can also be a very dangerous place:(

  • Guest49849549 says:

    Rest in Peace.

  • Guestsfndi says:

    Good question. Wheres Waldo?

  • guesty says:

    And calling Kwesi home.

  • GuestReality says:

    Did God ever say that bad things wouldn’t happen to good people?

  • GuestHope says:

    What an insensitive remark, knowing that Kwesi and his family believe deeply in God. This is not the time to insult their beliefs.

  • Guest2020 says:

    If Kwesi was a Christian, then God was in Heaven waiting for him with open arms.

    Besides, God never promised us a rose garden. He did promise that He would never leave us or forsake. Christ said that He would be with us always, even unto the ends of the Earth.

    Isaiah 41:10 says it pretty well, “Fear not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.”

  • A friend says:

    Right there the whole time. Rest In Peace Kwesi

  • Gustafo says:

    Unfortunately, people believe in this god that does harm to people for some reason. He didn’t equip us to be smart enough to understand, but we are not to question. Exactly like slavery, of which the bible condones. Wake up. Your god was invented by man. Your god doesn’t exist, and if you were god, would you have let this happen? I hope the family finds peace in something other than a made up, geographic deity.

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  • Mary says:

    As a person who has lost a son, from a drowning, 3 yrs ago, FYI, your comment does not come out as being anything comforting for his family or relevant. If such a thing happens to you, personally, losing a child….you would not be so quick to judge a situation or a person. For the record, he could swim, and he had plenty of “good common sense”. I know who he is so I feel that I can speak on that subject truthfully, this accident had nothing to do with common sense. I personally live in Kwesi’s community,yes it’s tragic, but like my mother told me…and she had “good common sense”…if you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. Be careful with your tongue online and be courteous of others and considerate of feelings especially when someone has suffered a great loss such as this. Thank you.

  • Aunt Kim says:

    You said you grew up on a beach? So that means you learned about the water and how it works, right?

    Kwesi didnt grow up on the beach. So what YOU know and what HE knows are two different things. Im quite certain that there are things that he has experienced that you probably couldnt handle without some training, support and guidance. Perhaps your life was spared because there are some things that YOU apparently still to learn. You may be wise to S.T ENTIRE F.U.

    This was an accident, it is not a matter of sense. I would advise YOU to watch your tone since YOU DON’T know all the details of this entire event. Karma never forgets an address.

  • BByrd says:

    This is tragic, yet could have been avoided. I grew up on Long beach, and many days and nights I spent on the west end looking across the inlet at Holden Beach wanting to “just swim across”. But seriously, anyone with some sense of self-preservation can see that the current there is very strong and extremely unpredictable. It’s a shame that it takes tragedy to teach some common sense…

  • Guest3456789 says:

    i agree with what you say i know everything that happend because i knew him VERY well he was my homechurch leader…. some people just need to think before they say some things opinion or not

  • J.T. says:

    I hope you will get off your high horse & realize God is for real before it’s too late. It’s so sad to see lost souls who kick our loving God to the curb and blame Him for all the bad when in fact we cause all the chaos that happens in this world. The only thing God is guilty of is giving us freedom of will & loving each one of us including all the ignorant fools!

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    I don’t believe the previous poster had anything negative to say, they were only being truthful. The basic fact that strong, overpowering currents always have and always will exist in and adjacent to ANY inlet making it a very dangerous place to swim. The currents during ebb and flood cannot be overcome even by an experienced swimmer. Panic ensues and the results are usually tragic.

    The poster didn’t intend on being disparaging or insensitive, they were simply attempting to point out the facts mentioned above with the hopes that inexperienced swimmers and those not educated on inlet hyrodynamics can cautiously avoid Kwesi’s very unfortunate situation. I don’t believe anyone wants to see a soul lost, so when we are able to identify the cause, we simply try tell others to avoid future mishaps.

  • OtherGuest says:

    Commenting on a news article does not require saying something nice. At any rate, I see nothing derogatory at all in the comment you are referring to.

  • Aunt Kim says:

    Im sorry to hear of your child’s departure.

    “My Kwesi” had good ‘common sense’. As Im sure your Baby did as well. Im almsot amused when seemingly bitter folks have nothing better to do than to send out cowardly attacks after family’s loses loved ones. ESPECIALLY if they dont know them personally.

    Kwesi was raised with a wonderfully supportive and loving family that most folks WISH they could have. And I know he was raised EXCEPTIONALLY WELL.

    Much love and success to you on your journey.

  • Guest5 says:

    Feel free to go read something else.
    No one forced you to stay.

  • Guest007 says:

    Again if you have nothing nice to say then keep it to yourself! And keep your suggestions as well they are not needed! For some people this is a support group because we lost someone special your negative “opinions” doesn’t help the situation! If someone you loved passed away. Do you honestly want to hear peoples opinions on ways it should have been prevented? NO so keep it shut..

  • Guest007 says:

    And no one forced you to comment. Did they?

  • OtherGuest says:

    Are your suggestions needed?

    This is an opinion forum. Do you have the intellect to understand that, or to attempt to understand it?

    One must read what is written, contemplate what is written, and understand what is written. Your emotional response is nonsensical and has no place in a news forum.

    Go to the Hallmark store and buy a pretty card.

  • Mandy says:

    I agree with guest007. Have some respect regardless if it’s a “news forum”.

  • Jessica says:

    Kwesi was indeed a Christian. I am part of the church that he attended. He lived his life to serve the Lord. He was baptized last March (2012) when our church was down there. The church as a whole has comfort knowing where he went and we know that we will see him again. I did not know Kwesi personally, but at the memorial service we have for him Wednesday, I saw just how many lives he impacted. We know God greeted him with a “well done, good and faithful servant.” We really appreciate the support of the community in Holden Beach. Having found his body, the college ministry will have more closure.

  • ES says:

    You would think people would have something nice to say in a situation like this. But I see that’s not the case. When there’s a death involved your “opinion” isn’t needed it’s called “support”. Learn to respect others. Keep your mouth shut if it’s not positive!
    Fly High Kwesi! Your truly an Angel!

  • OtherGuest says:

    This isn’t a support group for people in need, it is a news forum. The very essence of the site is OPINION. That is the freedom to express oneself by remarking on the subject at hand. That is the American way.

    If you only want to read nice and good things, maybe you should try Facebook, or send a greeting card.

  • Guest123 says:

    R.I.P, man. I know you’re with God now. We’ll see you someday.

  • Jak says:

    Praise God for kwesi’s life and new home. Although Kwesi’s body was found this morning, we know that he has been at home with god since his death. Kwesi was destined to be fully reunited with god since he made the decision to ask for Christ’s death on the cross to pay for his sins. Although this is a tragic story, there is a confidence available for those in Jesus Christ.

  • caterjohn says:

    Thanks for all prayers to help raise him up. At least his body now can go home to be laid to rest. Please keep praying for family and the friends who were with him at that horrible moment. And to all his friends from church group who knew and loved him. I am a Father of three children who were good with friends with him at church group and at Holden Beach. Although I never met him this loss hurts very deep. I will remember him and think of him for the rest of my life.until the day I get to meet him in heaven.

  • Stephanie Watts says:

    R.I.P. Kwesi. I was praying for a different ending. I hope you had a safe journey dear.

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