Families take added precautions on East Tennessee lakes after drownings

VONORE (WATE) – After a teenager drowned in Cocke County and another person possibly drowned in Vonore, families say they are taking precautions now and for the rest of the summer swimming season.

Rescue crews were sent to a quarry in Cocke County on Saturday afternoon, but it was too late to help.,Tthey recovered the body of a 14-year-old boy who they say could not swim.

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Someone also possibly drowned at Fort Loudoun State Park. First responders at the scene this weekend couldn’t release details and the park has not released any information.

“I grew up on the water, the ocean and freshwater,” said Dana Robinson of Madisonville.

He’s making sure his five-year-old grandson, Michael, is growing up on it too and with safety in mind. On Memorial Day the little boy was wearing a suit with a built-in lifejacket.

“It just tears you up to think about. In my life I’ve had the opportunity to rescue two people from drowning but they were adults,” said Robinson.

The CDC says every day about 10 people die from drowning.

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“Neither one of them swim very well and even if they did I would still probably have them in life jackets. As you can see there’s a lot of wake from the boats today and the lake is just not very clear. So, I want to be as safe as possible,” said Rachael Whitehead with her daughters Sunny, 3, Joey 6.

It’s suggested kids are always supervised, no matter what age. They should also take swimming lessons and at places like Fort Loudoun Lake parents or adults should watch the current.

“We talk about the different things that they do while they’re in the water, things that they don’t do. No horse-playing, no throwing things, picking up rocks out of the bottom,” said Rodney Boyd with his three year old son Noah and four year old son Michael.

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The Cartwright family takes precautions too because their grandchildren are teenagers.

“You tell them know what your limitations are, you can get tired very fast. So, even though they can swim excellent we make sure they take a raft or stuff out with them if they’re going to stay long so they have something to hold on to,” said Linda Cartwright.

The Cartwrights know they’re swimming at their own risk. “We are the lifeguards.”

The CDC also suggests as another precaution, people to learn how to perform CPR.

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