South Carolina teen angler dies on Lake Secession

Lake Secession
Jack Franklin-Lee Hunt died during an accident while fishing on Lake Secession on March 12, 2021. (photo courtesy Erskine College Fishing Team)

18-year-old’s death ruled an accident

An unfortunate accident took the life of 18-year-old Jack Franklin-Lee Hunt of Townville, S.C. on Friday, March 12, 2021. Hunt was driving the boat on Lake Secession when the accident occurred.

Hunt was a member of the Erskine College Fishing Team, and was on a night fishing trip with another member of the fishing team. According to the SCDNR, Hunt was driving the boat back to the boat landing at about 11:30 p.m. The boat apparently struck on object in the water, which popped up and hit Hunt, killing him.

The Erskine College Fishing Team made the following social media post concerning the incident:

“For some moments in life there are no words.

Last night, our family lost a brother, a teammate, a true friend, and a young man with a gift and pure passion for the sport of bass fishing. While two of our guys were night fishing, there was a freak boating accident, which ended tragic. We will never fully understand why this accident happened, but it shows us exactly how precious life is. We are devastated, yet beyond grateful for our time we had with Jack, and his presence he will leave on this team. We are also grateful for our other brother, Hunter, who was also part of the accident, to still be here with us, with no injuries.

Pray for these families. Pray for the entire bass fishing community that lost a friend today. Pray for peace for all, and that Jack’s legacy and love for life and this sport lives on.”

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