Deputies have identified the victim who apparently drowned in a Washington County pond, making him the fourth teen to drown in Eastern Carolina in the past month.
According to Lt. Kevin Sawyer of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, 19-year-old Hashawn T. Cherry, a.k.a. Shawn Moore, of Washington, was swimming with three young men off of a small boat, near 5948 Long Ridge Road in Plymouth. But at about 5:39 p.m. Wednesday, Cherry's friends called 911, reporting that the victim was drowning.
"I came over to the water. and the other guys were out here in the boat and they were out of breath from struggling with Shawn," Brian Sawyer, who lives at the property where Cherry drowned, said.
Sawyer said Cherry was a friend of his nephew.
"When I came out there was no sign of him," Sawyer said. "He was already gone."
Deputies and police arrived at the scene but were unable to rescue Cherry, Lt. Sawyer said. Members of the Sydney Dive Team recovered the victim's body at about 7:17 p.m.
It appeared that Cherry had drowned, but the Medical Examiner's office will conduct a routine exam to determine the exact cause of death, Lt. Sawyer said.
Cherry's apparent drowning is the fourth in Eastern Carolina in the past month. On June 13, Marcel Albu, 18, a foreign exchange student, drowned in Emerald Isle, police said.
On June 1, ECU student Braxton Horton, 19, was swept away by a rip current in Pine Knoll Shores, authorities said. His body was found 26 hours later.