A young woman from North Carolina has perished after apparently jumping from a boat in South Carolina’s Lake Wateree, leaving her devastated community asking why.
On Sunday night, “a woman jumped off a pontoon boat and never resurfaced. The boat, carrying several people, was drifting,” according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
By Tuesday morning, her body was found. She has been identified as 22-year-old Krista Lee Philemon of Monroe, North Carolina.
She was reportedly staying with friends in the area.
“It’s very puzzling,” Camden Fire Chief John Bowers told WLTX, a Columbia, South Carolina outlet. “There are a lot of unanswered questions we don’t understand. We don’t know why this happened.”
Philemon was not wearing a life jacket when her body was found.
"We know the combination or sequence of events that led up to this tragedy, but we don't know the details what caused the young lady to lose her life that night," Bowers said.
Philemon’s friend Jaime McDonald told WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina that Philemon “never made anyone feel like they didn’t, weren’t a part, or they shouldn’t, they weren’t loved, basically. And it’s a shame that the people that didn’t have the chance to meet her won’t ever get to see that.”
She added, “I felt like she had finally gotten to a point in her life that she had found like a balance and happiness. She just was a good-hearted person and I know a lot of people will say stuff like that once people pass, but this is genuine with her. I mean she really, she was as kind and sweet and good-hearted as you would ever find someone."
Foul play is not suspected at this time, WIS-TV in Columbia reports.
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