More join in search for swimmer

Even more agencies joined the search Wednesday for a missing swimmer presumed drowned at Hunter’s Point in the Cumberland River. Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said a marine crew from Rutherford County and a dive team from Hendersonville joined the search for James Davis Jr.&rsqu...
Jul 17, 2013
 Photo: Sara McManamy-Johnson • The Lebanon Democrat

Scent-sniffing dogs, divers and sonar is used Wednesday to recover the body of James Davis Jr., who jumped from a 20-foot high bluff Sunday and didn't resurface while swimming at Hunter's Point.

Even more agencies joined the search Wednesday for a missing swimmer presumed drowned at Hunter’s Point in the Cumberland River.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said a marine crew from Rutherford County and a dive team from Hendersonville joined the search for James Davis Jr.’s body Wednesday. The 15-year-old Lebanon boy jumped Sunday with a friend from a 20-foot-high bluff into the water, but Davis didn’t come up.

According to Bryan, he went into the water at the same time as a friend, and the the friend was able to hang onto him for a good distance before losing his hold.

Bryan said Davis 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 Davis jumped off a 20-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.

On Wednesday, Bryan said authorities used scent-sniffing dogs, sonar and divers to try and locate Davis’ body.

“We are utilizing Hendersonville’s dive team to focus on some of the areas where we are using sonar devices to pinpoint some areas,” Bryan said. “Once we’ve checked these spots we’ve found, we will clear them and adjust our game plan again tomorrow. Right now, there are a lot of unknowns about this search. We have to stay focused on this area and finding him.”

Bryan said about 12-15 sheriff’s personnel from Wilson County alone have searched daily since Sunday. Bryan said boats were in the water from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency and sheriff's crews from Wilson, Sumner and Trousdale counties.

“This is a true example of how people come together,” Bryan said. “We’d do the same for these other agencies. This group just wants to provide closure to all of this.”

And Bryan said closure for the Davis family is top priority.

“The family has been out here with us the whole time,” he said. “They are staying strong, and we are keeping them informed on what we’re doing. We’re working.”

Bryan said about two or three years ago, a man jumped off the bridge at Hunter’s Point and they eventually found his body down near Highway 109.

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