Huntingdon, Tenn.-A 27-year-old man drowned in the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreation Lake near Huntingdon Saturday morning and with the help of witnesses, first responders were able to recover the victim’s body within an hour.
Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson told The Banner that Brandon Webb of Henning drowned in the swimming area at the new lake. It is the first tragedy at the manmade lake.
Webb was with his girlfriend from McKenzie and her daughter when he decided to swim out to the outer rope line perimeter, appeared to make the turn back toward shore and then went under. He was at the swimming area nearer to the lake headquarters.
The Sheriff’s Department received the call at 11:30 a.m. and was on the scene eight minutes later. Lake personnel and volunteers were already searching for Webb.
Carroll County Rescue Squad arrived on the scene and experienced diver Herb Murphy found the man within minutes. The sheriff said Murphy was conducting some preliminaries to make the dive when he found Webb.
Sheriff Dickson said the witnesses provided excellent information to the whereabouts of Webb.
The man might have cramped or had some other physical problems, said the sheriff, who noted that Webb was said to have suffered a previous stroke. Foul play and alcohol were not involved in the accident.
Webb’s body was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Huntingdon where Dr. Lee Carter, county medical examiner, declared him dead.
Dickson said Webb’s identification indicated he was from Henning, however, he had information that he recently moved to McKenzie and was residing with his girlfriend. His name was not immediately released awaiting the contact with next of kin. The sheriff said Webb’s mother resides in Dresden.