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Rescuers recover body of cliff diver from Fort Patrick Henry Lake

Jeff Bobo • Jul 2, 2012 at 7:14 AM

KINGSPORT — Divers from the Kingsport Lifesaving Crew and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office found the body of a suspected drowning victim Sunday night beneath the cliffs where the victim and other boys were diving into the lake at Warriors Path State Park Sunday afternoon.

A witness told the Times-News the young men were diving from the cliffs Sunday around 5:30 p.m. when the 19-year-old victim jumped from above the highest cliff, landed in the water on his side, and never came up.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Leslie Earhart told the Times-news that around 9 p.m. divers located the victim beneath the cliffs in Fort Patrick Henry Lake at a depth of about 30 to 40 feet.