Teen drowns after jumping in river to save granddad

Teen drowns after jumping in river to save granddad (Image 1)

A 15-year-old from Carroll County drowned Monday morning while trying to save his grandfather after he fell into the Tennessee River during a fishing trip.

The grandfather suffered a heart attack following the ordeal and later died.

The teen was reported missing around 6:30 a.m. near the New Johnsonville steam plant, about 90 miles west of Nashville.

His body was recovered around 11:30 a.m. and taken to Three Rivers Hospital in nearby Waverly where he was pronounced dead.

Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis said the teen was onboard a fishing boat with his grandfather, another adult and another teenager when his grandfather fell into the water.

The teen went under as his grandfather was being pulled back into the boat and never resurfaced.

The grandfather suffered a heart attack shortly thereafter and has since died.

The victims' names were not immediately released.

“It's been a very tragic accident,” Sheriff Davis said, adding, “It was an enclosed area.  It was out of the wind and out of the current.”

Rescue and fire crews from several neighboring counties assisted in the recovery effort.

Authorities credit side scan sonar, an instrument typically used for locating fish in underwater, for the quick recovery of the teen's body.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency is assisting with the investigation.

Refresh this page for updates on this story.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s