Byrnes HS student drowns at Lake Keowee in Oconee Co.

OCONEE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – Authorities say a 15-year-old boy drowned in Lake Keowee on Sunday morning.

Oconee County Emergency Fire Chief Charlie King said two people were swimming at Falls Creek Landing when one went under the water.

The partner tried to find the missing swimmer but had to call 911 when they were unable to, King said.

Emergency rescue crews located the body in an hour.

CPR was initiated, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:54 a.m., according to the Oconee County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner’s office has identified the victim as Dillon Ray Spears of Wellford.

Spears was a rising 10th-grader at Byrnes High School, according to school officials.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Turner released the following statement regarding Spears’ death:

“The District Five family is heartbroken over the loss of yet another student this year. Dillon is remembered fondly by former teachers and
will be greatly missed. Our hearts and prayers are with his family,” Spartanburg School District 5 Superintendent Scott Turner said in a statement.

Last July, Markell Tyquann Nesbitt drowned while swimming with friends at Lake Lyman. The 16-year-old was a Byrnes High School student and football player.

Counselors will be at the Byrnes Freshman Academy on Monday.

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