A man who drowned in the Tennessee River on Monday night is the second person in the past two months to die in an accident in the Lewis Bluff area.
Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn identified the man whose body was recovered from the river Monday as Andrew Harrison, who had temporarily been living in Decatur but has a permanent address in Pulaski, Tennessee. Chunn said drowning was the cause of death.
A Madison County man died June 21 after falling an estimated 80 feet from Lewis Bluff.
Morgan County Rescue Squad Chief Danny Kelso said the call about Monday's accident was received about 5:30 p.m., and officials were told that a man was missing in the river after jumping off the bluff.
“He was with his girlfriend, and he jumped and didn’t resurface," Kelso said.
Rescuers began searching in boats after learning where the man had last been seen from the girlfriend and a boater who had begun searching earlier.
“We put two divers down, and within 20 minutes we had recovered his body," Kelso said. “That area at Lewis Bluff is a recreational swimming area, but that is our second fatality of the year there. It is very dangerous area for people to go swimming."
Lewis Bluff is on the Tennessee River in the Lacey’s Spring area.
Gregory Peters, 22, of the New Hope area, died from injuries sustained in the June accident shortly after he was transported to Huntsville Hospital’s emergency room, officials said.