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Authorities confirm identity of quarry drowning victim

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

ROWAN COUNTY — Rowan County Sheriff’s officials have confirmed the identity of a teen who drowned this weekend while swimming in a quarry in the eastern part of the county.

The victim, Shavice Tandy, 16, was an East Rowan High School student. He went to the quarry, located in the 500 block of Balfour Quarry Road, with two other males and one female to swim.

When authorities arrived, they saw the three teens sitting on a rock ledge visibly upset. They told officials they’d last seen Tandy go under about 60 yards away.

They went to the quarry to swim around 11 a.m. and had jumped from a rock ledge several times. Tandy tried to swim to the other side of the quarry, but at some point became tired and went under. He did not resurface.

Divers recovered his body around 1:20 p.m.

Officials said there are no trespassing signs posted at the quarry, which is private property.

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