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Published on May 20, 2024
Two Men Drown in Tennessee River Near Chattanooga in Tragic Weekend AccidentSource: Chattanooga Fire Department

The seemingly serene Tennessee River was the scene of a tragic incident over the weekend after two men were recovered from its depths following a drowning accident near Chattanooga. The Chattanooga Fire Department (CFD) reported that the duo plunged into the river on Saturday evening after one of them fell off a dock at Tennessee Riverpark, and the other man leaped in a failed attempt to rescue him.

According to a press release by FOX17, responders were called to the scene on the 4000 block of Amnicola Highway shortly after 7:30 p.m. The recovery operation, which involved multiple agencies, including Dallas Bay Fire & Rescue’s Dive Team and Hamilton County EMS, was completed by 10 p.m. with the location of both bodies.

CFD officials could not save the two men despite the quick response. "The adult men were also not wearing life jackets," disclosed Lindsey Rogers of the CFD in a statement obtained by NewsChannel 9. Witnesses described a heartbreaking scene where a family member, who was wearing a life vest, was already in the water trying to find the two men when the rescuers arrived.

The Chattanooga Fire Department conveyed its profound condolences to the victims' families. In a follow-up email on Monday, Rogers stated that CFD offered their "sincere condolences to the families of the drowning victims." Furthermore, the department advocates for safety and urges the public to use personal floating devices (PFDs) near water bodies, especially with the summer season approaching. 

As the investigation of this incident continues, the victims' names have not yet been made public. The CFD and their associated partners are coordinating with the victims' families during this difficult time and are likely to release more details as they become available.