Local teen drowns in Cumberland River


Gerran Thomas

CRITTENDEN COUNTY, Ky. - What was supposed to be a fun afternoon swim turned deadly Wednesday. Local rescue teams spent much of the afternoon searching for a teenager who witnesses say drowned in the Cumberland River. Deputies arrived on scene in Dycusburg, Kentucky just before 3 p.m.

"It's always hard when somebody loses a loved one," said Crittenden County Emergency Management Director Greg Rushing.

A drowning at the Cumberland River Wednesday afternoon is no exception. Witnesses tell sheriff's deputies it happened after three friends swam to a buoy in the water. On their way back one of them, a 19-year-old male, struggled to stay above water. Rescue teams said the current was likely too much and that friends witnessed the drowning.

"They heard him shout, saw him go under and that was the last time they saw him," Rushing said.

Family and friends comforted one another as rescue teams combed the narrow waters. Search teams also called for additional equipment to help in what is now considered a recovery effort.              

"Our goal is to hopefully make a speedy recovery and give the family some closure," Rushing said.

Closure after what was supposed to be an afternoon swim turned into tragedy.