Carlsbad Military Standout Drowns in Swimming Accident

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    Jamie Scott Lytle - Staff photographer
    Rory Graham was an honor student, captain of his football team and high school chaplain.

    A 23-year-old Oceanside man who was a high school standout at Carlsbad's Army and Navy Academy drowned Monday in San Luis Obispo County while volunteering with a Carlsbad church's youth camp.

    Monday evening, Rory Graham was swimming in Lake Nacimiento, a popular recreation area about 30 minutes outside Paso Robles, when he got into trouble for unknown reasons and began to go under, San Luis Obispo County sheriff's officials said

    A fellow swimmer with lifeguard training tried to pull Graham above water but couldn't, sheriff's spokesman Rob Bryn said. Another swimmer found the young man's body about an hour later.

    Graham's mother, Karen Graham, said Tuesday that her son was athletic and a good swimmer.

    Bryn said an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday may show whether any medical problems contributed to the drowning.

    At the time of his death, Graham was a youth volunteer with high school campers from the North County Calvary Church, based in Carlsbad.

    Graham was awaiting word on law school admission.

    Read the entire article on our media partners website, the North County Times.