CLAXTON, Tenn. (WATE) — The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has identified a lost swimmer whose body was recovered after multiple agencies responded to a park in Anderson County Wednesday evening.
The sheriff’s office identified the victim as Robert J. Blanchard, 21, of Powell, Thursday afternoon.
ACSO responded to the reported drowning at Bull Run Park in the Claxton community around 8:30 p.m. The Knox County Rescue was dispatched to assist Anderson County Emergency Services.
According to ACSO, when deputies arrived, they were informed by witnesses that a man had entered the water to swim but soon began yelling for help. They told deputies they attempted to reach Blanchard with a flotation device but were unable to.
Upon arrival, KCR Dive Team members worked with agencies on scene, including Anderson County Rescue Squad, Claxton Volunteer Fire Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Knox County Sheriff’s Office to create a search plan.
KCR used sonar to locate the victim and after a short underwater search, divers were able to “secure the victim and assist with recovery efforts” according to KCR.
“Thank you to Anderson County for allowing us to assist. Our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the victim,” wrote KCR on Facebook.