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25 year-old drowns after day of fun on the Amite

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Monday, July 15, 2013 - 9:05pm

Deputies have recovered the body of a 25 year old man who drown Monday while swimming in the Amite River.

It was a day Jason Hamilton Jr. and his friends expected to spend swimming on the Amite and enjoying the sun.

"There was a group of people that were out here swimming, pretty much all day. Kind of jumping off the embankment nearby," explained Casey Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

But just after 4:00 Monday afternoon tragedy struck the group.

"From what we understand they said he was floundering and kind of calling out for help. I think they thought he was joking at the time when he went underwater and after several minutes had passed they became concerned and that's when they called first responders," said Hicks.

Officials with the Sheriff's Department say a friend who was with Hamilton called 911, but it was too late.

"They found the young man, basically in the same spot where the female swimmer said he went underwater," Hicks said.

The trio had been drinking and deputies believe that could have contributed to his drowning.

"Make sure that you are being responsible when you're swimming because if your judgment is impaired, your physical ability is impaired. You want to be very careful with that," advised Hicks.

Divers with the EBRSO found Hamilton’s body just after 7:00 Monday evening, almost three hours after he went under.


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