Presumed drowning in Knott County

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Family and friends of a young man are mourning after he presumably drowned this afternoon near the Carr Creek Lake Dam in Knott County.

Park officials said they were told this young man was out with his friends jumping off a rock at a popular spot near the dam. Rescue crews from Knott, Letcher and Perry Counties continue to search for him.

Witnesses said the man went under and never came back up in the Carr Creek Lake Dam area.

“What we know at this time, it was a young man in his possible early twenties,” said Shane Amburgey of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Amburgey said he was told the man was out swimming with friends and called it an accident and did not believe any foul play was involved.

“From what we know at this time, there could have been some exhaustion that set it and that could have been a leading factor of it,” said Amburgey.

Park Manager William Whitaker said the water was at least 60 feet deep. He and Amburgey said they encouraged people to be cautious and never swim in non-designated areas.

“Anytime, if you are going to be swimming, you need to be wearing a life jacket,” said Amburgey.

Amburgey said there was no way to tell how long the search could take but they will not stop until they find him.

“We will be here as long as we have to be here,” said Amburgey.

The young man's family was at the lake as the search continued. They were too upset to speak with us tonight.

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