Woman witnesses desperate search for drowning victim

FARRAGUT, Tenn. (WVLT) -- In the hours before the body of Joshua Davis was found Wednesday night, a woman was watching the desperate search to find him. Before crews showed up on the scene, Sandra Blount said she had no idea what was happening on the boat nearby.

"It was a sickening feeling, especially knowing that we were sitting right there for 30 or 40 minutes to an hour, we could have helped," she said.

Blount said she was in a boat with several other people about 40 yards away. Another boat pulled and went through the area slowly. Blount said the other boat stopped, a man got in the water, and another man was standing on the back end of the boat watching and pointing.

"They never waved their arms or anything to let us know that something was wrong or that someone was in the water that they couldn't find, we would have certainly would have gone over and helped," said Blount. "We just thought they were in the water swimming and having fun."

Blount said it was nearly an hour later when she found out what was going on.

"We heard sirens, and shortly after that, watercraft and divers were in the water and came to talk to us to let us know there was a missing person," she said.

Blount said her heart was instantly broken as a mother, not even knowing the man who drowned.

"I have kids," she said. "No parent wants that phone call."