UPDATED: Aug. 9, 2014 9:08 a.m.
COCKEYSVILLE, Md. (WNEW/AP) — A Silver Spring teenager has died after drowning in a Baltimore County lake while on a camping trip, authorities say.
Baltimore County dive and rescue teams were called to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville for a possible drowning just before 12:30 p.m. Friday. Divers recovered the 13-year-old boy’s body from the water just after 3 p.m.
Authorities say the boy was with a group from the Silver Spring-based Camp Sonshine.
Members of Camp Sonshine told rescue crews that Friday was the boy’s 13th birthday. Police identified him as Dennis Kemp of Laurel.
Witnesses told first responders that they saw the boy in distress and watched him go under the water in a roped area where swimming is permitted — on the condition that swimmers pass a swimming test. The boy and the rest of the campers had passed the swimming test, according to authorities.
Several Oregon Ridge lifeguards were searching for the boy when Baltimore County rescue crews arrived.
“This is a terrible tragedy, and on behalf of the citizens of Baltimore County I offer deepest sympathy to the victim’s family and friends,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
The Oregon Ridge beach and pavilion are closed until further notice, and the Nature Center will be closed all weekend.
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