CORDELE — Investigators are still trying to piece together the circumstances that led to the death of a 21-year-old man who drowned at Lake Blackshear during the weekend.
The first call regarding the incident came in at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, said Crisp County Sheriff Donnie Haralson, after Fabian Drew, 21, failed to resurface.
The Lee County Dive Team was called to the scene at 2:55 p.m., Haralson said. They were in the water at 3:04 p.m., and recovered Drew’s body at 3:15 p.m.
He was found unresponsive, Haralson added.
“There were several witnesses that said he jumped, while one said he dove in headfirst,” the sheriff said.
The incident unfolded at the blue hole section of the lake, located at the 700 block of Ferry Landing Road. There were six people swimming with him, Haralson said.
The sheriff said the dive team had to go roughly 20 feet to find Drew’s body. There were no other injuries reported, he added.
The investigation is still ongoing, but officials said Monday they didn’t have any reason to suspect foul play. It could be that Drew had gotten water in his lungs, or that he was knocked out when he hit the water.
“We have turned it over to the coroner, and he will do further investigation,” Haralson said. “We don’t suspect foul play, but we treat it like it could be.
“It is all speculation at this point.”
Haralson added that officials believe Drew had been living with his grandmother in Desoto.
While the section of the lake where Drew was found is off limits, officials say it is not uncommon for people to be swimming in that area. Because it can’t be seen from the road, you have to know the blue hole is there to access it, officials indicate.
“I’ve been sheriff for 25 years, and in law enforcement for 34 years,” Haralson said. “Just about every year someone drowns there. It is owned by the Boy Scouts, and there are signs out there saying ‘off limits.’ ”