Drowning Victim Found At Belews Creek Identified

Drowning Victim Found At Belews Creek Identified

FORSYTH COUNTY, NC -- What started as a fun day on the water ended in tragedy and heartbreak in Forsyth County.

On Sunday, rescue crews found the body of a 19-year-old man from Walkertown who drowned in Belews Lake.

Officials say Tyrell Da' Quan Smith was swimming with friends when he went under the water and never resurfaced.

The Piney Bluff boat ramp was closed for several hours on Sunday, while crews searched the water for signs of life.

Dozens of Smith’s family members and friends, like Carla Reed, stood by anxiously waiting.

“When I got the call, I jumped in the car to come out here,” said Reed. “Hoping and praying that they would find him.”

After searching for hours, officials say dive crews found Smith's body about 20 feet under water.

“Hug your kids tonight because no kid should die like this,” said a teary-eyed Reed.

When the announcement was made, the crowd burst in to tears, hugging each other, and praying together for the victim’s family.

“He was just genuinely kind. His mother will be proud of the man he was,” said Reed. “He was sweet, kind, you couldn't ask for a better kid. He was with my kids all the time. He was a wonderful, wonderful human being.”

Bradley Watson, Assistant Chief of Belews Creek Fire Department, says it’s a tragic reminder how quickly the water can turn deadly.

“This is a live body of water. It's dangerous,” said Watson. “This is real life. It can happen to anybody.”

Smith’s body has been taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for an autopsy.

Seven different rescue crews assisted with the search.

At this point in the investigation, officials are calling this an accidental drowning.

© 2017 WFMY-TV


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