Teen Drowns In Eastern Kentucky Lake

A young man is killed during a day of fun at an eastern Kentucky lake.

19-year-old Jason Hamblin was swimming with friends and family at Carr Creek Lake in Knott County when he swam under a bridge and never came back up. After 20 minutes of searching, rescue crews found Hamblin's body.

A friend of the family says Hamblin had a history of seizures, but they are unsure if that has anything to do with the drowning.

Friends tell us the tragedy didn't end at the lake. One of Hamblin's family members was on his way to the Hazard hospital for an apparent panic attack after rescue crews discovered the body, when their car was hit by another. The crash sent three family members to the hospital. Police said none of their injuries appeared to be life threatening.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on May 26, 2008 at 06:00 PM
    May God bless his family during this terrible time. Every year this happens around Memorial Day weekend, people drown when they get out into lakes and rivers. You have to be extremely careful and always use a buddy system and make sure you're not swimming out anywhere alone. Even then it's not a guarantee but it's better than having no one to help should you get in trouble. Hopefully incidents like this will make people more aware and more cautious when swimming in lakes.
  • by Gary Location: Breathitt on May 26, 2008 at 08:00 AM
    My prays and thoughts are with this faimly in their time of need, may god bless you.
  • by brandi Location: pikeville on May 25, 2008 at 10:02 PM
    i want his family to know they are in my prayers... i am very sorry for their loss
  • by Tiffany on May 25, 2008 at 09:49 PM
    I am sorry for your lose may God watch over your family and friends in your time of need.
  • by kelsey Location: jeff on May 25, 2008 at 06:13 PM
    james was one of my best friends. we always played volleyball and stuff like that. its not the same anymore. but we all know he is in a better place with his dog jesse.
  • by lois mays Location: IRVINE on May 25, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    this make me about 4 years sen my dar die off Drowns she was about 20 years old so i no wont that gone
  • by Michelle Location: Knott County on May 25, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    My husband was one of the officers involved in the rescue effort. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents and family. We ourselves have lost a son and know what a devastating loss it is. May God be with them through this terrible time.
  • by Someone That Knows How That Feels Location: Kentucky on May 25, 2008 at 11:52 AM
    I Did Not Know Jason Nor His Family, But I Do Know How It Feels To Lose Someone So Fast An Like They Lost Him.It Breaks Your Heart,But My Thoughts An Prayers Go Out To This Loving Family.I Wish Them The Best With Carring On.
  • by sylvia Location: hazard on May 25, 2008 at 04:58 AM
    I WORK WITH JAMES MOM IT JUST BROKE MY HEART TO HEAR THIS I WILL KEEP THE FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS MAY GOD WATCH OVER THE HAMBLIM FAMILY HE WILL SURE BE MISS BY MANY GOD BLESS THE HAMBLIN FAMILY IS MY PRAYER
  • by Melissa Location: Johnson Co, Kentucky on May 24, 2008 at 11:20 PM
    How very sad, our Thought's and Prayers are with this family.
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