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Search Continues For Teen Who Jumped In River

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James Davis, Jr. James Davis, Jr.

LEBANON, Tenn. – The search will continue on the Cumberland River Tuesday for a teen who jumped into the water and did not resurface.

About 30 rescuers on six boats were out on the Cumberland River on Monday, searching for 15-year-old James Davis, Jr. 

Davis was with two other teens when he used a rope attached to the bottom of the Highway 231 bridge to swing into the river around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Davis reportedly struggled in the water, and did not come back up. Authorities said the other two teens swam out to help save him, but one was swept down the stream, where he was later rescued. The other made it to shore safely.

Neighbor Terry Heatherly said accidents in the water seem to get worse every year. He said he put up a sign this summer to warn all the kids who trespass on his property, or land owned by the Corps of Engineers.

"Year by year I've seen it grow heavy, heavy traffic hear. I just thought I'd better put a sign up. At least it would be there to protect me if someone gets hurt," explained Heatherly.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said the rope has been removed several times before; however, a new one keeps being put back up.

Crews searched Sunday night until it got dark, and all day Monday but have not recovered Davis' body. 

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Wilson County EMA, and Wilson County Sheriff's Department were investigating the incident.

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