Swimmer from South Carolina pronounced dead after being found in North Carolina lake

Published 5:05 pm Monday, August 23, 2021

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A South Carolina woman was pronounced dead after being pulled from a lake and couldn’t be resuscitated on a North Carolina college campus, school officials said.

Davidson College said in a statement that police reported that rescue personnel were called to the college’s Lake Campus in Mooresville around 3 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report of a missing swimmer.

According to police, Whitney Brooke Wilkins, 37, of Greenville, South Carolina, was found under water and unresponsive. Rescue personnel performed CPR but couldn’t resuscitate Wilkins and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Campus police said Wilkins was a guest of a college retiree’s family at the time.

Davidson College Police Chief Julian Coaxum reminded people visiting the Lake Campus not to swim alone and to stay in a depth of water where they can stand up. Coaxum also said any small children using the lake should be supervised and have safety flotation devices.



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