Coroner identifies boy, 13, who slipped into Lake Carolina and drowned

Jaylin Antonio Jones slipped into the lake at the spillway around 2 p.m. on Sunday. (Source: Richland School District 2)
Jaylin Antonio Jones slipped into the lake at the spillway around 2 p.m. on Sunday. (Source: Richland School District 2)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Coroner's Office has identified the 13-year-old boy who was pulled from Lake Carolina on Sunday afternoon following an accidental drowning.

Coroner Gary Watts said Jaylin Antonio Jones slipped into the lake at the spillway around 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Richland County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson says deputies were called to the scene around 3 p.m. The Richland County Sheriff's Department Dive Team was also called and found Jones' body around 4:30 p.m.

According to an RCSD incident report, Jones and a friend were skipping rocks in the spillway when he slipped and fell in. The report says while he was trying to get out, Jones threw his cell phone ashore, but after several attempts did not resurface.

The sheriff's department continues to investigate.

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