Divers Recover JHS Senior’s Body after College Creek Swimming Accident

May 30th, 2012 by Kim Lenz



The search for Trevor Times’ body resumed Tuesday morning at the College Creek beach from which he set off to swim to a sandbar about 75 yards offshore. (photo by Andy Jackson/Savand Action Photography)

Divers on Tuesday recovered the body of an 18-year-old Jamestown High School senior who is believed to have drowned during a swimming accident on College Creek Monday afternoon.


James City Police spokesman Maj. Steve Rubino said Trevor Times’ body was recovered at 10:20 a.m., about 35 feet from shore in six feet of water.

A Virginia Marine Resources Commission boat equipped with sonar had been out to the area earlier in the day and “identified an area for us that we needed to check out,” Rubino said, marking the area with buoys.

Times, one of the best high school golfers in Virginia who’d earned a scholarship to Eastern Carolina University this fall, had been attempting to swim from the beach to a sandbar about 75 yards offshore. Friends noticed Times was about halfway across when he went under and didn’t resurface around 2:15 p.m. Monday.

Rubino said Times’ trouble may have been the result of multiple factors: a very strong current, coupled with the distance to the sandbar being greater than it seemed.

“Even when our divers went into the water we had to make some adjustments because of the current,” Rubino said.

College Creek is located off the Colonial Parkway in James City County and is a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming and wading. While popular, it’s also posted with signs warning of the danger of a strong rip tide, deep water and that it’s unsafe for swimming or wading. Click here to learn more about the area’s unusual geography and what makes it a dangerous place for swimming.

James City County Police and Fire Marine Units and Dive Teams responded to yesterday’s emergency and conducted a search and rescue operation. Rubino said the search and rescue shifted to a recovery operation with the assistance of the Virginia Marine Resource Commission and US Coast Guard.

The recovery operation was suspended at 8:15 p.m. due to darkness.

Times finished third in this year’s state AA golf tournament; his trip to the state tourney began with being named the Bay Rivers District player of the year in the fall 2011 season, and followed up with medalist honors for the Region 1 tournament. In 2010, Times earned all-state honors as he finished sixth during the Eagles’ second consecutive state championship.

On Tuesday, Williamsburg-James City County Schools offered counseling at Jamestown High School and intended to offer support anywhere else it was needed. Students and parents were encouraged to contact counselors at Jamestown High.

“We anticipate that the journey ahead may be a difficult one for all who knew Trevor as a dear friend, classmate and fellow golfer,” the administration said in a statement. “WJCC Public Schools is committed to the best of our ability to helping every member of our community through this difficult process.”

10 Responses to Divers Recover JHS Senior’s Body after College Creek Swimming Accident

  1. pointe of view

    May 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    The sign now needs to read NO SWIMMING HERE !!! Not just unsafe for swimming or wading … How many more times does this need to happen :O(

  2. Memorial

    May 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    How about a large memorial to all the folks that have lost their lives there, next to the new NO SWIMMING sign?

  3. Connie McCormick

    May 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Prayers for this family…

  4. 2nd point of view

    May 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    This is a terrible tragedy and we can not prevent all of the bad things that happen to people in this world but we are supposed to learn from them. Lets post a sign or better yet a memorial to those that have drowned there. So others know what can happen. My heart and prayers go out to the Times family.

  5. Lanny Freeland

    May 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    There needs to be a NO SWIMMING sign there and then a sign stating how many fatalities have happened there!! This might make some people think twice.

  6. anonymous

    May 30, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I knew Trevor personally. He was one of my best friends. I swim there and will still continue to go there in memory of him. Bad things happen, but they happen for a reason. I love u Trevor, I know you would still want us to swim at one of our favorite spots to hang out. Ill always think of you sitting right next to me and how much fun we had digging our feet into the sand R.I.P

  7. B

    May 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

    People drown every year in swimming pools all over Williamsburg, but we don’t close them down to swimming. We should emphasize safety techniques and caution about the dangers at this location, not close a favorite beach down. We could honor those precious lives who were lost with a memorial monument with photos and bios , however.

  8. Libertarian

    May 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    A “no swimming” sign would require a law to be passed. I fully agree with everyone that this is a tragedy and that a large memorial to those who have lost their lives here would be very appropriate. But please, please, let’s not take away people’s right to make their own choices during their lives. Keep the government out of this.

  9. A good idea

    June 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    You can’t stop people from swimming there, but a big board with a pic and info on the people that have died there should be posted. Maybe people would think twice before going out there. Ex you put Trevor’s pic up and tell how great of a golfer he was and all his accomplishments. I would think twice before going out there & I know nobody would want anything like this to happen again. R.I.P Trevor

  10. A good idea

    June 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Those rip tides you can see just by driving by and the sand bar isn’t very far. This is so sad, but I’m praying for his family R.I.P Trevor

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