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Body of drowning victim recovered
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The body of a Memphis man who drowned Sunday in the water beneath Great Falls Dam at Rock Island State Park was pulled from the depths early Monday afternoon capping a two-day dragging operation.
The 22-year-old University of Tennessee student disappeared late Sunday afternoon while he and friends were swimming. Witnesses said the victim went underwater and never came back up. They reported him missing and a massive dragging operation began around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Unable to locate the swimmer, rescuers called off the mission due to darkness but resumed their efforts early Monday. They were able to find his remains around 1:30 p.m. Monday beneath the falls.
According to Kelly Brockman of the Tennessee Department of Environment and conservation, divers were used to search the water below Great Falls for the body after dragging operations from several rescue squad agencies including those from Warren and White counties, turned up empty working in the remote location.
“It’s a strenuous hike of about a mile to make it to the bottom of the ravine where the search was going on,” Brockman said.
The body was sighted by one of the robotic underwater cameras the divers were using to scan beneath the surface. Divers then recovered the swimmer’s body.
Brockman said they have not released the name of the swimmer.