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.”