Teen drowns trying to save younger brother on church camping trip

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SUNSET, S.C. (AP) — A 15-year-old South Carolina boy drowned trying to save his younger brother in what officials say is the state’s deadliest body of water.

News outlets report Sahiyd Thomas died Friday after attempting to save his 12-year-old brother in Lake Keowee, near Keowee Toxaway State Park.

Pickens County Deputy Coroner Gary Duncan says Thomas noticed his brother struggling in the lake and pushed him back to shore. He says Thomas went backward and under the water.

Duncan says Thomas was on a camping trip with a church. His younger brother’s condition wasn’t immediately released.

GoFundMe has been set up for Thomas’ memorial service and funeral arrangements. As of Monday morning, $1,985 had been raised out of the $8,000 goal.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis says 32 people have died in Lake Keowee over the past 25 years. Twenty-year-old Jose Adrian Ramirez drowned in the Fall Creek Landing area of Lake Keowee last month.

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