Search Crews Recover Drowning Victim From Percy Priest Dam

Posted at 9:30 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-13 12:15:11-04

Nashville emergency crews recovered the body of a drowning victim at Percy Priest Dam Friday evening.

Metro Nashville police officials said a young adult man attempted to swim from one side of the cove to the other and did not make it.

The mother, Cherita Okoro, confirmed her son Corey Polk, age 19, was not an advanced swimmer.

"There was a man out here fishing that tried to help rescue my son but as he was fighting against the current. He went down a little bit further and the gentleman was not able to help," she said.

Okoro said her older son tried to rescue his brother but was unable to save him. 

Officials recovered Polk's body around 10:20 p.m. 

"The civilians that were out all jumped in. So everyone that was here that could swim they were out there. They were out there and they were looking and they were searching and I would like to say thank you to everyone that helped search for my son underwater," Okoro said.

Okoro said her son who attended Riverdale was set to graduate on May 19.

"Corey wanted to follow both in his father and myself footsteps into business and accounting. He did seek interest at Trevecca and Austin Peay," she said.

The family went to Percy Priest Dam to spend time together and enjoy their evening.

Nashville Emergency Operations Center, Metro police and the Nashville Fire Department all responded.

A candlelight vigil has been planned for Polk at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 at Summerlake in Murfreesboro.

A gofundme account has been set up to help the family with expenses.



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