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Teenager Drowns While Trying To Swim Across River

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

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Jordan Redmon, 16, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, drowned while swimming in the Big South Fork River around 4 p.m. on Monday, July 7th. The accident occurred just below the Leatherwood Ford parking area. According to witnesses, Redmon was swimming with several other youths and was attempting to cross the river when the accident occurred. Due to the location, it was necessary for members of the group to drive to the top of the gorge in order to contact rangers. Park staff and local EMS personnel responded. Initial efforts to find him through snorkeling and boat and bank searches were unsuccessful, so a diver was summoned to aid in the effort.  He found Redmon’s body within a few minutes of entering the water.



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