KINGSLAND, Ga. — St. Marys police and rescue personnel on Sunday afternoon retrieved the body of a 21-year-old from the lake at Gilligan’s Island Park.
Officers were called to the St. Marys city park about 3:15 p.m. when a man said he could not find his friend.Police were told the man, later identified as 21-year-old Marquice Deshaye Tas, went into a panic while with friends in the water. Authorities were told he had been missing for about 10 minutes before 911 was called.
The body of the Kingsland resident was pulled from the lake just before 4 p.m.Police said Tas had come to the park with friends. His family was in disbelief when they got the call.”These are the twists that life throws you,” said his father, Ralph Taylor. “We’ll take it one day at a time.””He always had a smile on his face, no matter what,” said his mother, Cardetra Taylor said.This was the second drowning at the lake in 30 days and the third this year.On June 28, 18-year-old Todd Howard, of Jacksonville, drowned while swimming with his girlfriend.Another person drowned April 12 at the park.The park has no lifeguards and signs are posted that people swim at their own risk. After the June drowning, more signs went up.The family will hold a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Edo Miller Funeral Home in Kingsland. His funeral will be held there at 3 p.m. Saturday.