NEW INFO: Plymouth Drowning Victim Identified

Deputies say a 19-year-old Washington man died Wednesday night after swimming with friends in a pond in Washington County.

Washington County deputies identify the victim as Hashawn Cherry, who goes by Shawn.

The teen's body was recovered around 7:15 p.m. by members of the Sydney Dive Team, Washington COunty EMS and personnel from the Plymouth Fire Department.

Deputies say Cherry and three other young men were swimming off of a small boat in the pond on Long Ridge Road. They say after swimming for a short time, friends noticed Cherry struggling to stay afloat.

The friends were unable to help Cherry and they called 911 after getting back to shore.

Cherry was a student at Beaufort Community College and a graduate of Washington High School.

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The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Sidney Dive Team from Beaufort County have recovered the body of a man who went under the water in a pond Wednesday night.

Dispatchers with the Washington County Sheriff's Office tell WITN the call came in around 6:30 that a 20-year-old man was missing in a pond.

Officials on scene tell us the man was swimming with friends when he went under. Friends tried to save him but were unable.

The victim's name hasn't been released yet.

We will continue to update the story as we get more information.

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