College of Charleston student dies in spring break snorkeling accident

Grant Eney. (Source: Facebook)
Grant Eney. (Source: Facebook)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - College of Charleston officials confirm a student was involved in a fatal snorkeling accident over the weekend while on spring break in the Florida Keys.

Grant Eney, 21, was a junior at the College of Charleston majoring in arts management, said College of Charleston spokesperson Mike Robertson.

The Capital Gazette, a newspaper out of Annapolis, Maryland where Eney is from, reports the student was catching lobsters while snorkeling with friends Friday. The lobsters were placed in a bag that was attached to Eney.

Eney's father, Craig Eney Sr., told the newspaper he believes a shark may have grabbed the bag of lobsters attached to his son, and pulled him underwater where he could not breathe. Shortly after disappearing, Eney was found floating face down in the water 55 feet from the shore, The Capital Gazette reports.

A website for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the college, of which Eney was a member, states it will create the Grant Eney Memorial Fund to honor their brother.

Robertson says students are planning a candlelight vigil on the Cistern Yard for Eney.

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