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Name of S. Holston teen drowning victim released

June 21st, 2013 11:31 am by Staff Report

Name of S. Holston teen drowning victim released

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ABINGDON, Va. — The name of a teen who drowned near a boat dock in South Holston Lake Thursday evening has been released.


Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman said the body of 15-year-old Jeffrey Allen Owens of Meadowview was found just after 10 p.m. Thursday.


Dispatchers were informed just before 9 p.m. that Owens had possible drowned off Ahoy Lane, near Avens Bridge, on South Holston.


“According to witnesses, the victim was swimming a short distance from the boat dock when he began struggling in the water.  Attempts by friends to rescue the victim were unsuccessful,” Newman said in news release.


Rescue personnel from Green Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Washington County Lifesaving Crew went to assist in rescue and recovery operations, along with Sheriff’s Office personnel. 


Owens' body was found a short distance from the dock in 10-13 feet of water.


The body was sent for autopsy to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke.


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