Man drowns after jumping into lake behind home
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida family is mourning the death of a young man who jumped into a lake behind his home Sunday and was unable to remain afloat, fire rescue officials said.
Twenty-four-year old Jeremy Sawyer was at a family gathering Sunday afternoon when, according to his great-aunt, he got into the lake behind his house, located off of Northwest 14th Avenue and 143rd Street in Northwest Miami-Dade. "I'm at the patio yelling out to him," said Valerie Adams. "He's already at the end, at the lake, and I told him, I said, 'Jeremy, what are you doing? Come back here.'"
Relatives said the lake drops off right near the edge to about 14 feet. Adams said she saw her great-nephew struggle to remain afloat before he submerged. "I saw him go down, and I yelled, 'He's going down,'" she said. "I said, 'Somebody go get him!'"
Jawan Sawyer, the victim's brother, joined his cousin and a neighbor as they jumped into the lake to try to save him. "We tried to help, we tried to get ladders [out to him]," said Jawan. "It was just too deep."
Jawan was able to reach his brother for a brief period of time. "I had him, he held on, [but] I was too short and I ran out of breath," he said. "I just had to let go."
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived at the scene shortly thereafter and sent in divers to retrieve Sawyer. "Paramedics got him out of the water," said Adams as she fought back tears. Officials said Sawyer had spent at least 10 minutes underwater before rescuers pulled him from the lake.
Sawyer was airlifted to Jackson North Medical Center, where he later died.
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