• Breanna Johns

Lowndes High School senior drowns

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, a teen went missing in "the surf" at St. Augustine Beach and was later pulled out of the ocean. The family and friends of the teen, who has been identified as 18-year-old Jaylen Lott, are mourning Lott's death.

Lott was a senior football player at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga. People described Lott as "outgoing, respectful and cheerful."

While Lott's family members stayed on the beach, Lott and two of his friends were out in the water. Lott's friends said that they felt the "rip current pulling them deeper into the ocean," and that's when Lott began pulling the other two friends back to the shore.

According to an incident report, Lott told his family members and other "beach goers" to help his friends back to the shore while he swam back. While Lott was swimming back, he disappeared.

Lott's body was found after an hour-long search; he was then later pronounced dead at the hospital.

"It's always a sad tragedy. A tragedy like a student passing away has struck the school before. It's a horrible thing to hear that a parent lost a child. It's not a good thing," said Travis Cross-Manheart, an LHS student.

On Monday, May 14, there were "grief counselors" available on the high school's campus.

When asked how Lott's death had affected him, LHS senior Robert Holbrook said that he was feeling "Complete sadness and overwhelming depression, and a little bit anger. But, it was mainly sadness and depression. It hurts a lot. It broke my heart."