NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The swimmer who went missing Thursday evening on Percy Priest Lake was “successfully recovered” Friday evening, according to the Nashville Office of Emergency Management.
The Nashville Fire Department said crews were dispatched to the 4000 block of Anderson Road just after 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 for reports of a missing person out on the water.
Units worked until about 10 p.m. before they wrapped up for the day.
First responders resumed the search around 8 a.m. on Friday, May 26.
Officials said the NFD, the Nashville OEM, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were using sonar and drones to find the missing swimmer.
Shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday, Nashville OEM tweeted, “We are grateful to have successfully recovered the missing swimmer to be able to return him home to his family. Thank you to all the agencies involved; every effort was significant.”
A spokesperson for NFD shared the following statement about the operation:
The recovery was a success because the swimmer was located by the teams who had been searching for him for 24 hours… and the parks- which had been closed to the public (ahead of Memorial Day weekend)- were able to be reopened. Bringing closure to his family, reopening the parks and not allowing a deceased body to potentially surface while someone was playing in shallow water on the recreational side of the lake equaled a successful recovery.
No other information was released about the incident.
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