Family plans vigil as divers search for boy in rock quarry

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield divers continue to assist the search for the body of a 12-year-old boy who fell into a rock quarry Tuesday afternoon.

Clacy Sullivan was playing with two friends when he slipped and fell into the water at the Vulcan Materials rock quarry and didn't resurface. Rescuers had to stop the search late Tuesday, because it was too dark to see but resumed Wednesday morning.

The operation changed from a rescue to recovery, but divers say they're up against tough terrain at this rock quarry. The quarry is 30-acres wide, 80-feet deep in some parts and is just 15 degrees above freezing. Divers also say visibility in the water is extremely low, as it's filled with rocks, minerals and sand.

The sand and gravel company on Puddledock Road has "no trespassing signs" posted in and outside of the quarry.

"It is well known to the people in this area that it is a no trespassing area," said Prince George Police Captain Brian Kei. "Unfortunately, sometimes kids do not heed that warning and go anyway."

Sullivan's family lives in a nearby mobile home park and says the 6th grader at J.E.J. Moore Middle School often played in the quarry.

Family and friends on-scene brought Sullivan's family coffee, donuts, and water. The family says their kindness has been able to get them through this painful time.

"We still haven't found him yet, but we need your prayers," said Sandra Parham, Clacy's great-aunt. "We also pray that it doesn't bring a tragedy like this to bring people and family together."

Divers plan to work throughout Wednesday, until they find the young boy.

The family plans to have a vigil at the quarry at 7 p.m. Wednesday and is inviting the public to attend.

The state has launched an investigation into the quarry.

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