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Sister: Teen who drowned in state park was 'father figure' to siblings

(Source: Serenity Stradford) (Source: Serenity Stradford)

Officials are investigating after a teenager drowned at a state park in South Carolina on Friday night.

WBTV has learned that 14-year-old Jeramine Coleman from Great Falls drowned on Friday night at Lake Wateree state park.

Officials say the teen was swimming with family members when he went under the water around 6:30 p.m. Friday night.

His body was found by divers more than an hour later.

Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey says the teen swam too far into the lake and began struggling. Bystanders tried unsuccessfully to rescue him.

Coleman's 18-year-old sister Jasmine Cohen says her brother was a father figure to his eight siblings. She says Coleman "stepped up" after his father died.

Coleman and his family had been at Lake Wateree just days earlier to celebrate his 14th birthday. He was a rising freshman at Great Falls High School.

A hit-and-run driver fatally struck his father, 43-year-old London Coleman, in June 2012, just a few hundred feet from his home. The crash remains unsolved.

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