A former Warren County High School football and soccer player drowned Wednesday while swimming in Center Hill Lake.
According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, 19-year-old Ricardo Duenas of Walker Street in McMinnville is the deceased swimmer. The accident happened Wednesday afternoon near Sligo Bridge.
According to DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray, Duenas and another man had gone swimming in the lake near an old rock quarry. The sheriff said Duenas was trying to swim across to another bank and made it about halfway when he began showing signs of problems.
Duenas reportedly went under water and was unable to bring himself back to the surface. Nearby swimmers tried unsuccessfully to rescue him.
The call for help was received by 911 around 5:30 p.m. Duenas was recovered more than three hours later.
Members of the TWRA and rescue squads from DeKalb, White, Warren, and Putnam counties participated in the search.
Sheriff Ray said officers with the TWRA conducted a sonar scan and spotted an object of interest in about 40 feet of water. Divers with the Putnam County Rescue Squad went down to investigate and found the victim’s body.
Duenas was a 2012 graduate of Warren County High School.