UPDATE: Search continues for missing swimmer

The search for a missing 15-year-old Lebanon boy believed drowned in the Cumberland River continued throughout the day Monday with several law enforcement agencies joining the search. Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said eight boats were in the water Monday from Tennessee Wildlife Resou...
Jul 15, 2013
 Photo: Kimberly Jordan The Lebanon Democrat

Family and friends of the 15-year-old Lebanon boy believed drowned in the Cumberland River stand by at Hunters Point Boat Ramp Monday.

The search for a missing 15-year-old Lebanon boy believed drowned in the Cumberland River continued throughout the day Monday with several law enforcement agencies joining the search.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said eight boats were in the water Monday from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency and sheriff's crews from Wilson, Sumner and Trousdale counties.

"We will keep searching until we find him," Bryan said.

Authorities called off their search Sunday at sunset for a swimmer they believe to have drowned in the Cumberland River at Hunter's Point.

Bryan said the boy was with a group of youth swimming Sunday afternoon at Hunter's Point, a popular swimming hole on the Cumberland River at the Wilson County line with Trousdale County off Highway 231 at the base of the bridge next to the Lebanon Water Plant.

Bryan said the boy jumped off a 10-foot high bluff, but was described as a mediocre swimmer and became caught in strong currents caused by recent heavy rainfall and open dams upstream. Bryan said another swimmer had his hands on the missing boy but could not pull him to shore.

According to Wilson Emergency Management Agency director John Jewell, the incident happened at about 5 p.m.

“The current out there makes it extremely difficult to search,” Jewell said.

Jewell said WEMA officials had two boats in the water Sunday launched from the nearby Hunter’s Point boat ramp. Sheriff’s deputies also had a boat in the water.

Jewell said authorities will continue dragging the lake for the missing swimmer’s body until found. The swimmer's identity wasn't released.

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