SUWANEE, Ga. – An 18-year-old drowned in the Chattahoochee River on Sunday after jumping off a bridge.
According to Gwinnett County Fire, firefighters and police received a 911 call about around 7:57 p.m. that a person was unaccounted for after jumping off of a bridge at Settles Bridge Park in Suwanee.
GwinnettPrepSports.com identified the teen as 18-year-old Perez Tamfu, a rising senior at Mountain View High.
“I reached out to (the players Sunday) night and they were pretty much inconsolable, guilt stricken as anybody you can imagine being in that situation,” Mountain View coach Sean Wickham told the site. “It’s going to take them a really, really, really long time to come to acceptance that they did do everything they needed to. We’re doing everything we can now to set up counseling and availability to support them through all of this.”
According to officials, the teen was with a group of friends when the incident occurred. After jumping off the bridge, he resurfaced and looked to be in distress. One of his friends and a second person who was also in the river tried to save him, but he reportedly became combative and went back underwater.
He never resurfaced after that and he was also not wearing a life jacket.
USA TODAY High School Sports contributed to this report