CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A 6-year-old Hagerstown boy who drowned over the weekend probably was not a strong swimmer, a state Division of Natural Resources official said Monday.
Dustin Anthony Taylor, who was with his mother and two other people, was swimming Sunday afternoon at a public access area on the Shenandoah River near Shannondale in Jefferson County, W.Va., when he slipped into a deeper section of the river, according to conservation officer Ken White.
The boy, who was a student at Salem Avenue Elementary School, was wading on some rocks when he went underwater for about four minutes, White said.
One man tried to find the boy in the water, but became exhausted, according to a witness. Another man went in the water and found the boy, the witness said.