Man Drowns While Trying to Help Struggling Swimmer


Brian Dearing, 28 yr, of Shelbyville. (Photo courtesy Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) – A Shelbyville man lost his life when he jumped into the water to assist a struggling swimmer on Thursday.

Brian Dearing, 28, of Shelbyville, was in a boat on Tims Ford Lake between Holiday Marina and Awalt Bridge when he saw a female swimmer who was struggling around 4:40 p.m.

Dearing jumped into the water to help her.  According to witnesses, he went under and did not return to the surface of the water.  After approximately 10 minutes under water, witnesses called 911.

The woman was able to get out of the water safely.

The Franklin County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office, Rescue Squad, and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency responded and searched for Dearing.  The search was suspended at 9:00 p.m. that evening.

At 1:35 p.m. on Friday, rescue squad members found Dearing’s body using sonar equipment.  His body was recovered and identified.

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