Police identify 19-year-old drowning victim at David Crockett Birthplace State Park


UPDATE (06/28 8 a.m.) – A report from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department identified the 19-year-old man who drowned Saturday at David Crockett Birthplace State Park.

According to a police report, witnesses told a deputy they had been with victim Austin Peters, of Erwin, at the boat ramp. They reported they were all going to swim across to reach a rope on the other side of the water.

While they were swimming, the report states Peters told his mother he was not going to make it across.

Despite the mother’s attempts to help Peters, he reportedly went under the water close to the shore.

GCSD reports the Greeneville Emergency & Rescue Squad recovered the body from the river close to where he was last seen.

UPDATE (06/27 8 p.m.) — A release from the Greeneville Emergency & Rescue squad says they were dispatched at 4:19 p.m. on June 26 to a report of a male drowning in the Nolichucky River near the Davy Crockett boat ramp.

The drowning victim was recovered around 10:24 p.m. The scene was cleared at 11:44 p.m.

Four boats, sonar, an underwater camera and a K-9 unit from the Sheriff’s department were utilized during the search.

Departments involved in the search include Greeneville Emergency and Rescue Squad, Davy Crockett State Park, Greene County EMS, Greene County Sheriff’s Department and Greene County EMA.

UPDATE (06/27 3 p.m.) — Greeneville Rescue Squad’s Don Chandley said the victim was a 19-year-old man who was last seen at 4:18 p.m. on Saturday at the park.

His body was recovered Saturday night at 10:24 p.m. from the water.

No further details were released at this time.

UPDATE (06/27) — EMS Director Calvin Hawkins confirmed with News Channel 11 that rescue teams recovered a body from David Crockett Birthplace Saturday night.

No other details surrounding the incident were released at this time.

News Channel 11 has reached out to the incident command for further information.

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Rescue personnel were called to David Crockett Birthplace State Park for a possible drowning incident on Saturday.

According to Greene County EMA Director Heather Sipe, the Greeneville Rescue Squad was called to the park.

As of 6:15 p.m. Sipe was unable to confirm if a drowning did actually occur.

Dispatchers at the Greene County Emergency Communications office did not release any information.

News Channel 11 has reached out to the Greeneville Rescue Squad for more information.

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