9-year-old Sumter boy drowns at Pocalla Swamp

  • Source: Sumter Item
  • Published: 09/12/2018 06:02 PM

A Sumter family is grieving after a child drowned while playing with friends at Pocalla Swamp off Burkett Drive on Wednesday afternoon. Reports indicate five boys, ranging in age from 7 to 12, were playing near the swamp when one of the boys, a 9-year-old, entered the water and went under, a news release from Sumter Police Department stated. The other boys ran to a nearby home where emergency officials were called about 3:15 p.m., saying somebody was in the water at Burkett Drive near the train trestle, said Joey Duggan, Sumter Fire Department battalion chief. Stadium Road Station responded with a few boats that were already attached to trucks in preparation for Hurricane Florence, he said. Firefighters were quick to get a boat in the water, he said, and locate the boy within about 10 minutes.


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