3-year-old drowns near Douglas Dam in Sevier County


SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – Sevier County emergency crews responded to a drowning Saturday night at the TVA swimming area near Douglas Dam.

Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals says the child was taken to LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville where the child was pronounced dead.

The 3-year-old girl was with a large group of people, including her parents, when they discovered the child missing.

Sevier County Rescue Squad and Kodak Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

“You hear ambulances coming. Instantly get chills,” Said witness, Laura Fraker. “I look down at my little boy and I think Jesus no, please let her be okay. Everything has been so fun and upbeat then all of a sudden you hear people walking around and asking, have you seen this little three year old girl?”

Witnesses on the scene say an announcement was made and an adult rushed over to the water.

“Phones started ringing they said we’re missing a three year old girl – find her.” said Buddy Rogers, who also witnessed the incident.

By the time Kodak Volunteer Fire Department representatives arrived on the scene, EMS crews had already left with the little girl. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.