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Worthington student presumed drowned during South Carolina training camp

Jim Woods The Columbus Dispatch @Woodsnight

Sheriff’s deputies in South Carolina have resumed the search this morning for a Thomas Worthington High School basketball player who went missing and presumed drowned on Sunday afternoon in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Fripp Island in South Carolina. Eric Clark, 16, was with a group of basketball players who were in South Carolina for a team training camp, according to Pete Scully, principal at Thomas Worthington High School. Eric was in the water with other swimmers when he apparently became caught in an undertow about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the Beaufort County sheriff’s office told television station WTOC, which covers Savannah and Beaufort, South Carolina.

Kate Hines with the local property owners’ association said the boys were swimming in about 8-foot deep water when Eric went missing. The initial search on Sunday failed to locate the teenager and was suspended at nightfall. The U.S. Coast Guard, Beaufort Marine Rescue and Fripp Island Security are assisting in the search.

Hines said Eric was visiting Fripp Island for the third year in a row with the Thomas Worthington basketball team. The team and their coach rent a house each year for summer training camp.

“We are obviously devastated by what has happened. The kids and the staff are struggling,” Scully said. “We are hoping and praying they find him.”

Scully, in a note to Thomas Worthington High School parents and students, asked that they keep Eric and his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.

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