Teen dies in apparent drowning at Georgia College pool

awomack@macon.comNovember 4, 2013 

A 14-year-old Milledgeville boy died Saturday night in an apparent drowning at a Georgia College & State University outdoor pool.

Tyrique Jackson, of Highland Avenue, was at the Milledgeville college’s Centennial Center Pool with two other boys, said Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzales.

The pool, which has been closed since the end of September, is enclosed in a locked area with fences estimated to be about 9 or 10 feet tall, said Brittiny Johnson, college spokeswoman.

Jackson and the other boys climbed the fence to gain access to the pool, Johnson said. At some point, the boys who had been with Jackson got scared and left. They told someone there had been a drowning, Gonzales said.

Johnson said a couple of Georgia College students then scaled the fence and pulled Jackson from the water.

Police tried to revive the teenager, but he was pronounced dead at Oconee Regional Medical Center just before 9 p.m. Saturday, Gonzales said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, he said.

Campus police officers are investigating the incident.

The college issued a statement Monday:

“The Georgia College community is deeply saddened by the passing of this young man. Our heartfelt sympathies are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Georgia College’s leadership team is assisting local law enforcement as the investigation continues. Georgia College has also been in contact with the Baldwin County School District regarding the matter.”

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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