Teen drowns while rafting at summer camp
DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida teenager has drowned while white-water rafting during summer camp.
"He was a really nice kid," said Dylan Davis. "He was really musically inclined, and everybody loved him. He was awesome."
Sixteen-year-old Andrew Silvershein drowned Sunday while rafting with fellow campers on the Ocoee River in southern Tennessee. He was attending Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia. The group goes rafting in the Ocoee River every summer.
Investigators said the raft he was riding overturned, and the teen was pulled under water and found himself trapped when his leg became wedged under a rock. "We try to point out where those rocks are and where to swim if you do fall out, and unfortunately he was in the current and ended up there," said Jennifer Perdew of Big Frog Expeditions.
His friends back home are shocked by the tragic news. "I was with him nine years in school, and I don't remember anything unkind coming out of his mouth," said Daniel Notman. "He identified with the right people, he had a great group of friends. He was very close to those friends, and they're all going to miss him deeply."
Six other teens on the raft made it safely back to shore.
Camp officials have released this statement: "There are no words to express the sorrow that we feel for the loss of a wonderful young man, Andrew Silvershein. Together we are grieving and providing the support that everyone in our camp community needs."
The teen's father is Joel Silvershein, a prosecutor with the Broward State Attorney's Office.
Funeral services have been set for Wednesday.
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