Search crews called off possible drowning at Knoxville quarry

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Rescue crews investigated a call of a possible drowning at the Fort Dickerson quarry in Knoxville Saturday night according to the Knoxville Fire Department.

KFD says they received the call shortly after 7 p.m. from a bystander who said they saw a person jump 80-feet into the water and never resurface.

According to the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, both search crews from KFD and the volunteer emergency rescue squad were unable to find a body after hours of searching and have been called off.

The fire department says thus far nobody has been reported as missing and the person who reported the incident left the scene because alcohol was involved and the person did not want to get in trouble.

“We heard a big splash but right before that we saw someone swimming and they were really struggling to get over there. It didn’t look like he was having a good time getting up the wall, but a lot of people do it and we really didn’t think anything of it.” said Chandler Bowman, who was at the quarry this afternoon during the search.

KFD also says people were jumping earlier and that there is no confirmation if there was or was not a drowning.

No other details have been released and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.