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Teen Dies After Jumping Into Stones River

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The third water rescue in three days along a Murfreesboro river ends with the death of a teenager.

Police said a 19-year-old man died after swimming in the Stones River in Murfreesboro Tuesday after jumping into the water.

Officials responded to the scene around 5:20 p.m. Dispatch received a call from witnesses about a body floating in the river.

Authorities said James Patton jumped into the water and may have struck a submerged object near the dam at the Manson Pike greenway trailhead.

"We ran down there and we walked down the path and the kid was laying there and the cop was trying to resuscitate him," said witness Corey Johnson. "He had a pale color to his skin. I knew something was wrong."

Patton was pulled from the water by witnesses. The teen was then transported to the Middle Tennessee Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

At least one MFRD Firefighters and one police officer were injured during this incident.

The incident is still under investigation, and police continue to interview witnesses.  Officers said no foul play was suspected.

Police said recent rain contributed to high water levels and dangerous conditions.  Officers are now warning residents not to swim in the area.

"You may be a strong swimmer, but when you have a undertow that is strong, you can't avoid that," said Murfreesboro Police Spokesman Kyle Evans. "We lost the life of a young man today and we don't want to see any more loss of life."

Sunday, Murfreesboro fire fighters pulled two young boys from the Stones River.  No one was hurt.  Monday, another young man was trapped in the same area.  Again, no one was hurt.

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