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.”