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Rescuers Called To Stones River For Fourth Day

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Rescue crews were called to the Stones River in Murfreesboro for the fourth time in four days after another young man was injured.

Police spokesman Kyle Evans said rescuers were called to the Manson Pike Dam area of the rain-swollen river on Wednesday afternoon.

Three young men were out in the water near some falls. They all made it out of the water, but one slipped on the rocks and injured himself.

Rescue crews were able to secure the young man and transport him to a nearby hospital. He was later released. The age and identity of the victim were not available. 

It was same place where nineteen-year-old James Patton drowned on Tuesday.

His family spoke to NewsChannel 5 in hopes of preventing another tragedy.  They said he had just jumped off a nearby bridge and climbed out of the creek when he decided to dive back in and apparently hit his head on something in the water.

"And I think he would want me to tell everyone out there, just don't do it, it's not worth it," saidPatton's cousin, Alena Gilbert.

"When he dove in he hit his head on a rock and it paralyzed him," she adds.

First responders and witnesses tried to save EJ but there was nothing they could do.

Patton was a recent graduate of Genesis Academy and an aspiring rapper. His friends said he always made people laugh.

Rescuers were also called out to the Stones River Monday and pulled two boys to safety found clinging to trees near the dam. Another boy was pulled out Sunday.

Officials said they would post signs at the dam that warn it is dangerous, and is not a swimming area. They also posted signs on the bridge warning people not to jump from the bridge and to cross it safely.

If you ever see someone in trouble in the water, safety experts said to keep your eyes on the victim at all times. Throw a rope, life jacket, inner tube or even a branch out to reach them.

The biggest piece of advice safety experts said is don't get in the water.

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