Teen, 23 year-old drown in Douglas Lake

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities in Dandridge say a 23-year-old man and his girlfriend's 13-year-old son have drowned in Douglas Lake.

Jefferson County Sheriff G.W. "Bud" McCoig told The Associated Press the swimmers, who also included an 11-year-old boy, were in chest-deep water on Sunday evening when the wake from a passing boat rocked the water. They tried to swim back to shore, but only the younger boy made it.

Rescuers recovered the bodies of the man and the 13-year-old about 45 minutes after they went under.

McCoig says the man and the boys were swimming along an old road bed near a boat launch area.

The teen's mother was on the bank screaming for help when the first deputy arrived minutes after the call came in.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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