Autopsy scheduled for teen

An autopsy will be performed today on a teenage boy who drowned Saturday while swimming in Thurmond Lake at Wildwood Park near Appling, Columbia County Chief Deputy Coroner Bonnie Holloway said today.

Christopher Smith, 17, of Ventana Drive, Evans, a Greenbrier High student, was swimming with three friends, said Columbia County deputy coroner Bonnie Holloway.

“He just kind of went out above his head, and he panicked,” she said.

Emergency services received a call about 3:10 p.m. of a possible drowning, according to dive team spokeswoman Honey Shore. A diver with the Columbia County Emergency Management Agency’s Dive Rescue Recovery Team found the body about 4:15 p.m., Ms. Shore said.

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