By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Area agencies are continuing their search for the body of a teenage boy who is believed to have drowned.
Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, along with Wilson County Sheriffs Department, Sumner County Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Trousdale County officials and Tennessee Highway Patrol were still searching on Monday for the body of 15-year-old James Davis.
Davis disappeared around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, after he and two friends swung off the rope under Hunters Point Bridge in Lebanon, said John Jewell, director of WEMA. When the friends noticed that Davis was struggling, they tried to rescue him but failed.
They tried to help but they lost him, Jewell said.
The two friends, both 15, were rescued one by swimming to safety and another being saved by a stranger nearby in a canoe.
At this point, authorities are not hopeful for a rescue only a body recovery. Jewell said authorities searched by boat until nightfall on Sunday and continued their search with six boats in the water on Monday. They also asked for help from other agencies to cover from the bridge in Lebanon to mile marker 255 near Saunders Fork.
THP also used its helicopter to do an aerial search.
We have not found any evidence of this boy, Jewell said.
Davis was to be a sophomore at Lebanon High School and was the great-nephew of Wilson County Commissioner Annette Stafford.
Stafford said that right now she is doing all she can to be there for her niece, Davis mother, Shalonda Coffee. Uncertainty is the hardest part. All of the agencies are doing all they can. I just cant give them enough praises for all the efforts they have put forth it is much appreciated, she said. I hope they will recover him soon so my niece will have some kind of closure.
Stafford said Davis leaves behind two younger brothers and a lot of memories. He enjoyed sports especially playing football as a freshman this past year at LHS.
He was a good kid.