Lincolnton 17-year-old drowns in cove

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 6:11 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 1:10 AM
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Many in Lincoln County were in mourning Monday after the weekend drowning of a teenager from a well-known family in Lincolnton, Lincoln County Coroner Paul Reviere said.

The body of 17-year-old Jacoby Mason was recovered Monday morning in the Blackfoot Road area of Soap Creek, he said.

“They’re good folks,” Reviere said of the family. “It hit the community hard, any time something like this happens. In a small town community, this kind of touches everybody.”

Mason and a friend swam across the 50- to 60-yard cove “actually farther than they realized,” Reviere said. They were trying to swim back when Mason said he was tired and wasn’t sure he could make it back. The friend advised him to get out and walk around the cove but Mason struck out anyway and made it about halfway before he was clearly in trouble. The friend tried to help but was unable to save him, Reviere said.

The call came in around 8 p.m. Sunday, and soon after officers from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a dive team from McCormick, S.C., responded.

Reviere said because of the murky water and darkness, the search was called off around 1 a.m. Monday and then resumed at 6:30 a.m.

Mason’s body was recovered around 10:30 a.m. in 12 to 15 feet of water, and he was pronounced dead from accidental drowning.

There was a tremendous outpouring for the family, which Reviere called, “just pure good people. They have a tremendously wide range of friends that have been there for them the entire night.”

It was a tough job for him to break the news. “You hate to have to tell a mother and daddy that you’ve got to bury your child,” Reviere said. “It is supposed to be the other way around. Children are supposed to bury parents.”

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hoptoad 09/01/14 - 07:57 pm
Sorry to hear this.

Prayers and condolences to the family of this young man.

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Stunned 2 09/01/14 - 08:23 pm
So sad.

Condolensces to his family.

warsurplus 09/01/14 - 08:51 pm
Very sad

Fatigue is a killer in many circumstances. Prayers for him and his family.

sugarbutton 09/02/14 - 09:15 am
Heart hurts when we bear these things.

Heart hurts when we bear these things and when we see others suffer from a tremendous loss. Undoubtedly one of the worst things a parent has to do. My prayers are forthcoming for the loss of this young man to his parents, family, extended family and friends of the community. God be with each of you in these following days ahead.

paperguy2 09/02/14 - 10:37 am
Swimmer fatigue

When I hear stories like this, I wonder if the swimmer is familiar with other swimming strokes other than the very tiring crawl. There are other strokes that are slower, but can be used for long periods without tiring.

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