Mt. Juliet man drowns while trying to save dog in Giles County

Posted at 12:18 PM, Apr 25, 2020

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials say a Mt. Juliet man drowned in Giles County while trying to save a dog from swift-moving water.

TWRA said they were called to a low head dam on Richland Creek early Friday evening.

According to officials, two paddlers came up on a low head dam on the river. A woman was able to get to shore and portage around the dam but the man went over the dam and was kicked out by the water flow.

TWRA officials identified the man as 32-year-old Matthew Brannon.

He made it to shore and put on a life jacket to try and save a dog he had been traveling with. As he was trying to rescue the dog, he was pulled into the water below the dam and drowned.

TWRA officers deployed boats and were able to make a recovery.