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Recovery effort underway for teen's body in Kentucky River

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A search is underway for a 17-year-old boy

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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Dive crews were back on scene today, to resume the effort to recover the body of a 17-year-old boy's body in the Kentucky River.

The Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 2:15 p.m on Wednesday about a possible drowning near the boat ramp at the end of Route 39.

That teen has been identified as Jacob Mulcahy, 17, of Jessamine County. We are told he was at the Kentucky River with five or six of his friends. Witnesses say they were swimming the width of the river when Mulcahy started flailing and yelling for help.

"Once we got here and found out that he never got out of the water, it's hard because you want to help somebody," said Deputy Anthony Purcell, with the Jessamine County Sheriff's Office.

A sheriff's deputy shared with us that a couple of his friends tried to help him and also someone on the river bank jumped in. But no one could save him and he went underwater and never came back up.

"They had to leave the scene and get back up on top of the hill to get cell phone service to call for help. From the time that we got the call, supposedly he had only been down three to five minutes," said Jessamine County Fire Chief Michael Rupard.

The Lexington Fire Department confirms its dive team is also taking part in what they are calling a recovery mission.

We are told Mulcahy was a junior at East Jessamine High School. His family tells us he played basketball at East Jessamine as well.


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