Teen pulled from Stones River dies - WKRN News 2

Teen pulled from Stones River dies

Posted: Updated: July 10, 2013 04:27 PM CDT
EJ Patton, 19, died Tuesday after being pulled from the Stones River in Murfreesboro. EJ Patton, 19, died Tuesday after being pulled from the Stones River in Murfreesboro.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

A teenager has died after being pulled from the Stones River in Murfreesboro late Tuesday afternoon.

The incident was reported near the Manson Pike Dam at 5:20 p.m. 

Authorities told Nashville's News 2 nearby swimmers saw the victim, James "EJ" Patton, and pulled him out before quickly calling 911.

Police believe Patton may have struck a submerged object after jumping into the river.

The 19-year-old was transported to Middle Tennessee Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Foul play is not suspected in the incident. An autopsy will be conducted.

"Our investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident today and how exactly he ended up in the water. They are talking to witnesses that were supposed to be around or near this young man when he went into the water," Murfreesboro police spokesperson Kyle Evans said.

The city plans to post a sign warning people about the potential danger of swimming in the area.

The family of the teen thinks it's a good idea.

"It's very dangerous there," said Alena Gilbert, the victim's cousin. "I hope everyone can learn from this experience. If you don't know what you're doing and don't know what you're going into then don't do it."

Gilbert said Patton frequently swam in the area and took his two little cousins with him Tuesday afternoon.

The boys, ages 9 and 12, contacted 911 for help. 

An account has been set up at Heritage South Credit Union under "James Patton Memorial."

Tuesday's tragedy marks the third water rescue at the location since Sunday.

On Sunday, two teens were rescued by crews after they went swimming in the river while the current was near its highest point.

A young man was also rescued from the river on Monday after he became trapped in rushing water.

Firefighters have since issued a strict warning for everyone to stay out of the waters.

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