Group chat led to deaths of 2 teens in Upstate lake, officials say

Group chat led to deaths of 2 teens in Upstate lake, officials say

Deputies released new information Monday about what led up to the deaths of two South Carolina students in an Upstate lake.The bodies of the two Daniel High School students were pulled from Lake Hartwell Monday morning, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. Their names were not released, but deputies said the boys, ages 15 and 16, both were sophomores at D.W. Daniel High School in Central.Officials said the bodies were found near one another in about 15 feet of water.The search began about 10:30 p.m. Saturday after someone called 911 and said they could not find their friends in the area of Pike Road and Old Jewell Bridge Road.Officials said the boys were among a large group of kids involved in a group chat that was daring others to jump off a bridge near the Twelve Mile Boat Ramp.Chief Deputy Chuck James said witnesses told investigators that after the boys began jumping in, one of them landed awkwardly in the water.”Reports from an individual on the shore sounded like he landed awkwardly, which might have caused him to go into distress,” James said.James said another student jumped in soon after to save that boy and went into distress.They both went under and never came back up, according to James.Other students were in the water, and one was rescued by a boat, officials said.He said the current under the bridge is very strong, and it’s easy to get swept away without strong swimming skills.The School District of Pickens County released the following statement Monday morning:”The School District of Pickens County (SDPC) is heartbroken to learn of the incident involving two missing students from D.W. Daniel High School. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and the entire D.W. Daniel High School community during this difficult time. Counselors will be available at the high school today and as needed through the week.” Pickens County Emergency Management officials said mental health resources will also be made available to first responders who took part in the search.

Deputies released new information Monday about what led up to the deaths of two South Carolina students in an Upstate lake.

The bodies of the two Daniel High School students were pulled from Lake Hartwell Monday morning, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

Their names were not released, but deputies said the boys, ages 15 and 16, both were sophomores at D.W. Daniel High School in Central.

Officials said the bodies were found near one another in about 15 feet of water.

The search began about 10:30 p.m. Saturday after someone called 911 and said they could not find their friends in the area of Pike Road and Old Jewell Bridge Road.

Officials said the boys were among a large group of kids involved in a group chat that was daring others to jump off a bridge near the Twelve Mile Boat Ramp.

Chief Deputy Chuck James said witnesses told investigators that after the boys began jumping in, one of them landed awkwardly in the water.

“Reports from an individual on the shore sounded like he landed awkwardly, which might have caused him to go into distress,” James said.

James said another student jumped in soon after to save that boy and went into distress.

They both went under and never came back up, according to James.

Other students were in the water, and one was rescued by a boat, officials said.

He said the current under the bridge is very strong, and it’s easy to get swept away without strong swimming skills.

missing students in lake harwell

The School District of Pickens County released the following statement Monday morning:

“The School District of Pickens County (SDPC) is heartbroken to learn of the incident involving two missing students from D.W. Daniel High School. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and the entire D.W. Daniel High School community during this difficult time. Counselors will be available at the high school today and as needed through the week.”

lake hartwell drowned scene

Pickens County Emergency Management officials said mental health resources will also be made available to first responders who took part in the search.

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