The Harlan County Rescue Squad recovered the body of Jeffrey Mullins, 15, of St. Charles, Va., around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday from the Martins Fork Lake.
Mullins was found by rescue squad Capt. Chris Allen.
Harlan County deputy coroner Jim Rich said Mullins’ body was recovered inside the buoy portion of the beach recreation area. Members of Mullins’ family told Rich they decided to go to the lake for a day of swimming when the tragedy happened.
No other information is available at this time regarding his drowning.
Several Harlan County sheriff’s deputies and the Chaplain Corps were on the scene to assist with scene control and family members.
Dave Robinson, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Harlan County Emergency Management and members of the Martins Fork Fire Department also assisted at the scene.
This is the first drowning in Harlan County this year. There was one drowning reported last year and another four years ago.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported Monday that 19 fatalities occurred last year on the 10 lakes the Nashville District operates on the Cumberland River and its tributaries in Kentucky and Tennessee.