ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Pelion High school student-athlete died one month before his high school graduation.
Law enforcement responded to a drowning near North on Sunday near Carson Landing at the Edisto River in Orangeburg County.
Family confirmed the name of the student-athlete as Marcus Dwyer, 18.
According to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report, one female witness said someone jumped from a bridge located on Hwy. 321 and into the water, encouraging a second person to do the same. The witness also said the two people pushed each other around in the water.
According to a female witness who spoke with responding law enforcement at the scene, the victim “ultimately jumped into the water and began swimming” toward a friend he was with. When the victim got toward others in the water, “he began to struggle,” but one of the others “pushed him away.”
This same witness also called 911 after the victim went under water and did not resurface.
The witness in the incident report says one person went underwater and didn’t come back up. His body was later discovered and he was pronounced dead at the scene by the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office.
A student-led Twitter account associated with Pelion Panthers athletics identified the student as Marcus Dwyer, a popular student-athlete.
Grief counselors are at Pelion High School to help students through this incident.
Lexington School District 1 released the following statement, saying:
The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office also released a statement, saying:
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