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Victim identified following drowning on Ft. Loudon Lake

Multiple crews responded to the 1000 block of Harbour Shore Drive for a possible drowning Friday night, according to officials with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
Published: May. 28, 2022 at 1:01 AM EDT|Updated: May. 29, 2022 at 4:33 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Multiple crews responded to a house in the 1000 block of Harbour Shore Drive Friday night for a possible drowning, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Kimberly Glenn.

The family of the victim, 26-year-old James Thomas Barnewell, told responding deputies with KCSO that he was last seen mowing near the water but they could not find him, according to Glenn.

Crews with the Rural Metro Fire Department and the Knox County Rescue Squad began a water search and found Barnewell and the lawn mower, according to Glenn.

The Knox County Medical Examiner was on scene and the body was taken to the Knox County Forensic Center for further examination.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” Glenn said.

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