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Fort Mill school teacher dies after slipping off Lake Wylie dock

A Fort Mill teacher died Sunday morning after falling off of a dock near Lake Wylie.

WSOC-TV reports Rebecca New, 31, died after the accident around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

A York County School Board member said New was an art teacher at Gold Hill Elementary in Fort Mill.

School officials said she somehow fell on some metal poles by a dock on Last Lane and cut her neck.

York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said the incident occurred on the North Carolina side of Lake Wylie.

“It is a very sad and shocking situation. It is very sad anytime we lose one of our employees,” Fort Mill School Board member Wayne Bouldin said. “All the employees in our district are one large family.”

Officials said New’s funeral services will likely take place in Conway.

Teachers at Gold Hill Elementary return to class on Wednesday and school officials said grief counselors will be available for them.

Students return to class on August 21.

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