The body of drowned teenager Giovanni Sutherland-Sam is transferred from a Coast Guard vessel to a fishing boat for transfer to land in Clare Valley on Saturday. (IWN photo)

The deceased, Giovanni Sutherland-Sam.
The deceased, Giovanni Sutherland-Sam.

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A Sandy Bay teenager  drowned in the South Leeward village of Clare Valley on Saturday.

The deceased,  15-year-old Giovanni Sutherland-Sam, had gone spear fishing with three other friends.

Sutherland-Sam was staying at the home of Sita “Ming” Francis, as he is a relative of some of her nephews.

Ms Francis’ 14-year-old nephew, Kianta Francis was among the four persons who had gone fishing.

Ms Francis told iWitness News that the youngsters go diving almost every day.

“They didn’t go yesterday so they decided that the were going today.

Physician Francis Murray (in white t-shirt) prepares to examine the body of Giovanni Sutherland-Sam. (IWN photo)
Physician Francis Murray (in white t-shirt) prepares to examine the body of Giovanni Sutherland-Sam. (IWN photo)

“And they left to go shoot fish as usual. The other two said he went down too deep and when he came back up, blood was coming through his nose and they couldn’t grab him because the same time he came back up, he went straight back down,” Ms Francis told iWitness News on the seashore in Clare Valley, shortly after a medical doctor pronounced Sutherland-Sam dead, and funeral home workers took his body away.

She said the group went home sometime after 9 a.m. and news of the tragedy broke after 11 a.m.

Sutherland-Sam's mother, Curl Sutherland, weeps after viewing his body. (IWN photo)
Sutherland-Sam’s mother, Curl Sutherland, weeps after viewing his body. (IWN photo)

Mr. Francis told iWitness News that while they were in the water, he saw Sutherland-Sam float up, folded his hand and began to sink back in the water.

Three persons were in the water and a fourth was in a boat.

After the tragedy, they went back to Clare Valley and reported the tragedy.

The Coast Guard retrieved Sutherland-Sam’s body from the water.

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