A 17-year-old recent Watertown High School graduate drowned while swimming with a group of friends early Monday morning at Misty Cove Boat Ramp on the Cumberland River.
Wilson sheriff’s deputies and Emergency Management Agency rescuers located the body of Kent Odell Foster near the boat dock where they were jumping into the water.
“We were able to find his body close to where he went under,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “He wasn’t an avid swimmer, but he was out there with a group of kids.”
Bryan said emergency officials arrived at Misty Cove Boat Ramp at about 12:30 a.m. after the group of swimmers reported Foster jumped off the dock and didn’t resurface. He said rescue crews found Foster’s body about an hour-and-a-half search near where he jumped in about 8-10 feet of water.
Bryan said the group of six teenagers met in Lebanon on Sunday night and decided to go swimming. He said there was no indication alcohol or drugs were involved.
“From everything we see, these were a group of kids out there swimming on a hot summer night,” Bryan said.
Bryan said Foster’s body was sent to the state forensics lab in Nashville autopsy.
“That’s just a normal procedure,” Bryan said. “It’s not to say we don’t know what happened, but we want to positively identify an exact cause of death.”
Bryan said he notified Foster’s family and Watertown High School principal Jeff Luttrell of Foster’s death early Monday morning.
“Anytime you lose a child, it’s sad,” Bryan said. “The family is distraught over it. From everything we have found out, he was a good kid.”
Foster graduated from Watertown High School in May and planned to attend Tennessee Tech University in the fall.
“He was an outstanding young man,” said Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings, who is a friend of the Foster family. “That is a 100-percent truthful statement. He comes from a good Christian family and had a bright future ahead of him.
“His family and I go to the same church, and he played for me in the community baseball league in Watertown. He was just a good Christian kid.”
The incident took place about a mile downstream from Hunter’s Point, the site where James Davis Jr., 15, of Lebanon, drowned a year ago also on July 14.