Teen Drowns After Jumping In River To Save Grandfather
HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Tenn. – Crews in Humphreys County have recovered the body of a teenage fisherman who went under water after jumping in to save his grandfather, who fell into the Tennessee River.
The body of 15-year-old Jeremy Hill, of Carroll County, was recovered at around 11 a.m. Monday in a cove near the New Johnsonville Fossil Plant. Authorities said he was laying face up at the bottom of the river, about 16 feet deep.
Authorities said Jeremy, his grandfather, 66-year-old Wayne Hill and another adult were fishing in a boat around 6:30 a.m. when the grandfather's chair broke. He fell into the river, and both the teen and the other adult jumped in to save him.
Jeremy was able to get his grandfather back into the boat, but went under himself.
Family members told NewsChannel 5 that the grandfather, whose name has not yet been released, apparently had a heart attack shortly after being pulled back into the boat. Family members said he also did not survive.
Jeremy was a sophomore at Huntington High School. He played forward on the school's basketball team.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency helped in the search and will investigate the boating accident.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)