Local High School Student Drowns

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] 3-5 7:30 pm

A South Georgia Community prepares to say its final goodbyes to a teen who drowned in a water hole earlier this week.

Clinch County Deputies say they received an emergency call about a drowning at a holding pond on Antioch Church Road early Tuesday evening.

When they arrived, friends of 16-year-old James Clark said they were playing and swimming near the pond when James went under and never came back up.
Authorities located James' body an hour later and brought it to shore where he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fluker's funeral home says a funeral will be held Sunday at 2pm at Assembly of God Church in Homerville.
[UPDATE] 3-3 4:30 pm

"You just wish you could take back the hands of time and change things but it's not how it works," said James Clark's Friend Tray Dorsey.

A wave of emotions swept over students and staff as news of 16-year-old James' death spread through Clinch County High School.

"He was never serious about anything just always laughing and giggling about something, just happy all the time," said Dorsey. "That's why it hurt so many people."

Just after five Tuesday evening, the Clinch County Sheriff's office received an emergency call about a drowning.

When authorities arrived at the watering hole on Antioch Church Road, James' friends said they had been playing and swimming when James went under water and never came back up.

Deputies say the teen didn't know how to swim.

They located his body an hour later and brought it to shore where a coroner pronounced the young man dead.

Deputies say what makes water holes so dangerous is beyond these edges, there's no telling how deep it can be and what could lie beneath it.

"Snakes, you've got alligators, they got all kinds of animals in these holes. And if you can't swim you have to be really particular because one move and you could be over your head," said Clinch County Investigator Allen Morgan.

Clinch County High's Principal Alvin Henderson tells me James loved to run track and he always dreamed of being just as good as Usain Bolt. He also says James was a very likable student and will be missed.

Henderson says James' Funeral is planned for Sunday afternoon at 2.
[UPDATE] 3-3 11:15am --

Family, friends and classmates are mourning the loss of a Clinch County high school student who drowned in an area pond earlier this week.

Principal Alvin Henderson says Thursday morning students were actually talking. He says Wednesday was a really quiet and sad day as they worked to help grieving students cope with the death of 16 year old James Clark.

Clinch County deputies say sometime after 5 p.m. Tuesday they received a 9-1-1 call about a drowning at a holding pond on Antioch Church Road. When they arrived on scene, James' friends said they were all swimming in the pond when James went underwater and never came back up. Clinch County Sheriff Winston Peterson, a deputy and EMS officer pulled James' body from the water. A coroner later pronounced him dead at the scene.

Coming up later tonight on Eyewitness News, the school's principal will tell us more about James.


A Clinch County High School student drowned in a local holding pond, according to the Clinch County Sheriff’s Office. The student drowned off Antioch Road on Tuesday at around 5pm.

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