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31-year-old dead in possible drowning

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Jonathan Brumfield was swimming with a group that included families and children.
SoVaNow.com / June 12, 2013
A 31-year-old South Boston man is dead in a possible drowning in a Vernon Hill creek.

Jonathan Brumfield was with friends at the creek near the 1000 block of Johnson Mill Road on Tuesday about 7:30 p.m., according to Sheriff Fred Clark. A group of about 10 people, including some families, “were just having a good time” at the swimming spot, Clark added.

Friends said Brumfield jumped in the water to get his hair wet and came back up but did not resurface again. Witnesses said that Brumfield was underwater approximately 10-15 minutes before a friend was able to locate him and pull him out of the water. The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office was advised that Brumfield was in good health, a good swimmer and had swum at that particular creek many times.

Cpl. D.H. Barksdale, Deputy T.H. Clarke and Sheriff Clark were told upon their arrival that Brumfield had been recovered from the creek, that CPR was in progress, and that he was being transported to Halifax Regional Hospital’s emergency room by the rescue squad. Brumfield was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. His body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for an autopsy. Investigation is continuing. Clark said foul play is not suspected.

Brumfield posted on his Facebook page the day he died that he was headed to register for classes at Danville Community College.
“Sooo excited! ... And a lil nervous! Lol,” he wrote.

In addition to the sheriff’s department, Halifax County Emergency Services and Oak Level Fire and EMS units went to the scene.

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