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.

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


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  • by karen Location: cosby on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    my prayers are with the families.its such a tragic loss.losing a child is a hard thing to deal with,i lost my only child in a tragic car wreck in 2007,he was 24yrs.old.my life changed with the blink of a eye.i know what these families are facing,my prayers and thoughts are with the families
  • by Lori Location: knoxville on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    ANY DONATIONS CAN ME MADE AT ORNL CREDIT UNION "FUNDS FOR C.J'S BURIAL" AGAIN THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS ALL
  • by judy Location: knox on Apr 25, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    this is a family member by marriage his died in a car wreck several yrs ago any donation will help.thanks
  • by lori Location: knoxville on Apr 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    PLEASE PLEASE THE MOTHER OF THE 13 YR OLD IS DIABLED AND HAS NO INSURANCE.ANY DONATIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED TO LAY THIS SON TO REST. THANK YOU

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