Fatal Accident Summaries|
May 22, 2007
A teen drowned Sunday while swimming in a rock quarry of Soapstone Mountain Road in Randolph County.
Investigators say four people, including two juveniles, went swimming in the rock quarry, which is on private property. They did not have permission to swim there.
Investigators say at some point before 3:00pm, two of the individuals, including a 15-year-old, decided to swim across the quarry to some rocks on the other side. They were almost there when the teen began struggling and calling for help. The other person was unable to help the teen.
The juvenile went under water for the second time and did not resurface. Witnesses say there was a small delay in calling 911 because there was no cell phone signal.
Randolph County Sheriff's deputies and firefighters from Staley Volunteer Fire Department and the Randolph County Search & Rescue Dive Team went to the scene. Divers searched the quarry until after 10:00pm Sunday evening without success.
They went back Monday morning and found the body of the missing teen just after 10:30am. The body was in 43 feet of water on the bottom of the rock quarry.