Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 1, 2012

College student dies in campus fountain

— CNHI News Service

AMERICUS, Ga. - A 19-year-old technical college student died in a campus fountain last week, and the local sheriff is still trying to determine what caused her death.

Adrianna Rhine was pulled from a fountain on the South Georgia Technical College campus about 5 p.m., Thursday, said Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith. An ambulance rushed her to a nearby hospital, but she did not survive.

Rhine's 3-year-old daughter was pulled from the same fountain uninjured, according to a sheriff's official.

Smith said his investigation was ongoing as of late Friday. Officials were called to the fountain to a report of a drowning.

Photos from the scene show the fountain situated in a cement plaza and surrounded by a knee-high, chain fence. The sheriff said he noticed a blue ball in the fountain after the water had been drained.

Rhine was from Richland, a small Southwest Georgia community about 30 miles west of the campus. She was taking classes in the college's adult education center, according to the college.

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Details for this story were reported by the Times-Recorder of Americus, Ga.

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