Coroner: Americus-Sumter football player drowns after boat’s battery died

The Sumter County Coroner's Office says Jamorrian Johnson, 17, drowned Saturday night after he was in a non-functioning boat (Courtesy: Tiffany Clayton, Mother)

AMERICUS, Ga. — Every football team hates to suffer a loss. But for the Americus-Sumter High School Football team, they’re mourning the loss of one of their football family.

The Sumter County Coroner’s Office confirms that Jamorrian Johnson drowned around 5:15 Saturday evening. Johnson, 17, was reportedly fishing with two friends at a private pond in Sumter County. The coroner’s office says the boat was pushed away from the dock.

However, the battery in the boat was dead. When the three realized that the boat was not functioning, the coroner’s office says they tried to swim back to shore. Johnson reportedly drowned trying to swim back.

Johnson is listed as a junior linebacker for the Americus-Sumter Panthers.


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