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West Knox County teen drowning victim identified

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Rescue crews have found the body of a teen who fell off a boat in West Knox County and did not resurface.

The body of Joshua Armon Davis, 18, was found around 10 p.m. through the use of sonar technology, according to John Whited with the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

The drowning happened on Fort Loudoun Lake Wednesday afternoon after Davis fell off a boat and did not resurface.

"I was really, really shocked. Really upset, because I was praying that it wouldn't be somebody I knew," Isabella Reid said.

Twenty-four hours later, his friends were still shaken by the news.

"I feel heartbroken and saddened for him and his family. Because his family will never be able to get over this. He had little brothers and sisters. I was crying last night for them. I haven't cried like that in a long time," Eric Brown said.

Some friends were so upset that they had to leave school Thursday early.

"I couldn't sleep. It was hard for me to sleep and this morning we came to the memorial and it was just silent. All of our friends we felt that we lost a family member," Isaiah Gibbs said.

Related: TWRA urges boaters to wear life vests

Two other people were on the boat at the time. Witnesses said the victim had a personal flotation device in his hand, went under and never resurfaced.

Several types of watercraft and divers were being utilized to search for the victim, including a TWRA remote operated vehicle. Officials say the water ranges from 8 feet to 60 feet deep and there is no visibility in the water.

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