GREENSBORO — A Page High School student died Friday after spending more than an hour underwater in Buffalo Lake.
"Our hearts are heavy with grief for the family and friends of our student, and I know our entire Page High community will join us in wrapping our arms in support around the family, our students and staff," said Erik Naglee, Page High School principal.
The name of the student who drowned has not yet been released.
Greensboro Fire Assistant Chief Dwayne Church said three high school students walked over to the lake from school and began swimming in their regular school clothes.
But one of the students could not swim well, Church said.
One male student ended up under the water. A second male and a female tried to rescue him but could not.
Guilford Metro 911 dispatched the Greensboro Fire Department at 12:44 p.m. to help the students.
Twenty firefighters responded and went into the water with flotation devices trying to find the student.
The dive team arrived at 2:04 p.m. and found the student underwater within five minutes.
Paramedics began life-saving efforts that continued at Moses Cone Hospital's emergency room.
Guilford County Schools spokeswoman Nora Shoptaw confirmed shortly before 4 p.m., with the permission of the student's parents, that he had died.
His family was at the lake while rescuers tried to find the boy, Church said.
Buffalo Lake is a private lake that prohibits swimming, fishing, boating and trespassing.
Church said there are no trespassing signs all around the lake.
"I want to remind all residence of the Triad that if there is a private lake, stay away from it," Church said. "We have a lot of these emergencies because there's not supervision and no one is suppose to be at the lake."