Teenager drowns in Harlan County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A teenager from Virginia visiting Harlan County drowns.

The deputy coroner says 15 year old Jeffrey Mullins died in Martins Fork Lake on Sunday night.

The Harlan County Rescue Squad and other agencies tried to save Mullins, who officials say went underwater without a life jacket.

"What I was told by witnesses, they were out there horse playing around, and I believe some of his family members and he just started having trouble," said Chris Allen, Harlan County Rescue Squad Captain.

Allen was one of the first to the scene and in the water to search for him. He says before he got there, the Mullin's family members tried to hold on to him.

"A couple of family members tried to get in there to save him, they about drowned them, and finally he went down for the last time I guess,' said Allen.

Crews took three hours to find and recover his body. Officials say Mullins was about sixty feet offshore, where the water is nine feet deep.

"Really sorry for the loss. Wish we could have done more, you know to help save him, revive him, but we did the best we could in the timeline," said Allen.

Officials in Virginia tell us Mullins went to school in Danville, Virginia, but was in nearby Lee County, Virginia visiting family when he drowned.

"The family was doing really hard with it," said Allen.

Province Funeral Home in Pennington Gap, Virginia is handling the arrangements.

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