Body of 14-year-old drowning victim pulled from Duck River

MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Maury County authorities and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency have found the body of a 14-year-old who drowned in the Duck River Saturday evening.

Martarius Clemons went under water around 5 p.m. and never resurfaced near the Blue Springs swimming hole. His friends reportedly tried to save him but were unable to swim to him in time.

Maury County Duck River drowning
Martarius Clemons

The Maury County Dive Team was aiding in the search and officials used boats with sonar technology until it got dark Saturday night.

The search resumed Sunday at 9 a.m. and continued through the afternoon. The staging area for Sunday’s search was set up about 2 miles downriver from the swimming hole next.

Officials launched search boats from the Iron Bridge Road boat ramp, just off Tom J. Hitch Parkway in Columbia.

The search was called off at 4 p.m. and resumed Monday at 9 a.m.

Joey Norman, Operations Chief for the Maury County Office of Emergency Management, told News 2, “Due to the rains we’ve had over the past week, the water conditions were not favorable to be swimming in.”

Between one and two inches of rain fell Friday night alone, according to News 2 meteorologists.

Columbia local Terry Ervin told News 2 the river current was especially strong on Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s a lot swifter out there than what it looks like. [The] water is up. You can’t see five inches under the top of the water. It’s real swift, real swift,” Ervin said.

Ervin volunteered his time to help with the search.

“I woke up this morning, and looked over at my son, and thought about if I put myself in that situation, how I would feel,” he explained.

The Blue Springs swimming hole has been temporarily closed during the search for Clemons’ body.

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