South Alabama 19-year-old drowns in Florida

South Alabama 19-year-old drowns in Florida
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HOLMES CO., FL (WSFA) - A Florida sheriff's office says it is investigating the apparent drowning death of an Alabama man.

According to the Holmes County Sheriff's office, Devon Deshawn Reynolds, 19 of Newton, drowned Monday while swimming in Vortex springs.

Emergency responders were called to the scene of the drowning shortly after 11 a.m. and immediately began CPR. Reynolds was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told the sheriff's office Reynolds was swimming with friends when he became frantic. His friends attempted to help him, but he went underwater before they could be successful.

The sheriff's office says numerous divers were in the area at the time Reynolds went underwater and attempted to rescue him. The divers went into the water and formed a human chain searching for Reynolds. After locating Reynolds' body, the divers administered oxygen and performed CPR until emergency officials arrived.

The sheriff's office says the investigation is ongoing, pending the results from the medical examiner's office.

Grief counselors were at Wicksburg High School Tuesday to assist students as they deal with the loss. Wicksburg's principal Cheryl Smith confirmed Devin was a senior and set to graduate in May. Smith described Devin as an outgoing young man and always eager to help. For the last two years he helped with the high school's basketball teams.

"I think I speak for the whole community when I say Devin will be greatly missed and our thought and prayers go out to his family and friends and the whole Wicksburg community as we deal with the loss of such a wonderful young man," said Smith.

Devin was the third student who passed away from that graduating class at Wicksburg.

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