Teen drowns in Lady's Island pond

Published: Jun. 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2012 at 4:16 AM EDT
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Pond in the Ardmore Avenue neighborhood
Pond in the Ardmore Avenue neighborhood
Authorities search for teen
Authorities search for teen

LADY'S ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - The body of Semaj Johnson, 17, was pulled from a pond in the Ardmore Avenue neighborhood on Lady's Island Wednesday.

Lady's Island firefighters were called out to look for the teen at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters say four teens went swimming and that when the teens looked up, one of them had disappeared under the water.

Investigators say Johnson, a Beaufort County High senior, was swimming with friends when he went under, and couldn't be rescued before drowning.

Friends say Johnson was a star football and track and field athlete. He was also in ROTC.

"I was shocked to hear this happened. He was an athlete and was even thinking about joining the swimming team. We're all very sad ," Johson's friend Kyle Brooks said.

Lady's Island firefighters and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Dive Team assisted in the search.

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