BARROW COUNTY, Ga. -- The search for an 11-year-old boy who disappeared in a pond Thursday night has ended in tragedy.
The boy was swimming in a pond with his 9-year-old brother off of Hancock Bridge Road Thursday night when he went underwater and never resurfaced.
It was 20 minutes before emergency responders arrived to the pond. Captain Scott Dakin, a spokesperson with the Barrow County Emergency Services said, “he was underwater a few minutes before the 911 call was made, because it was only children down there.”
The boys were alone and not wearing life vests. Dakin said they were celebrating the end of school. “It’s summer time. School ended yesterday, they went down there to celebrate with a little swim and unfortunately it ended bad.”
Dive teams from nearby counties arrived to assist in the search but night fell and the search was called off until Friday morning.
Friday, crews from Barrow, Jackson and Hall counties arrived to a makeshift basecamp on Hancock Bridge Road. Around 5 p.m., they recovered the boy's body.
The pond where the boys were swimming lines up with several houses in the neighborhood. Dakin didn’t release much information about the brothers but said they lived in the neighborhood and close to the pond.
11Alive’s Jennifer Bellamy spoke to a neighbor who said he’s speechless about the news of what happened. “It’s a scary feeling. I have grandkids, too,” Tim McKeehan said.
Dakin said the boy’s family is distraught, “The whole family is tore up real bad on this.”
He said it’s also hard on the first responders who have been responding to a few emergency calls concerning children.
“We’ve had a bad couple of weeks in Barrow County with children and a lot of the same people are on these calls,” he said.
Just this week, a 16-year-old was missing and feared abducted. The GBI stepped in and an Amber Alert was issued. She was later found in Hall County four days after she was reported missing.
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