Crews recover body of suspected drowning victim from Fort Dickerson Quarry

Rescue crews recovered the body of a suspected drowning victim from the waters of Fort Dickerson Quarry on Tuesday morning, marking the second death there this month.

Searchers recovered the man’s body about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Knoxville Police Department.

A witness told police the victim was swimming with his friends shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday when he jumped into the water on the west side of the quarry and did not resurface.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Another man, Porfirio Ruiz, 29, of Knoxville, died at the quarry earlier this month. Witnesses told police he fell off a float into the water on Aug. 2 and never resurfaced. His body was recovered a day later.

Several drownings have occurred over the years at Fort Dickerson Quarry, a popular South Knoxville swimming spot with cliffs of different heights. The water is more than 200 feet deep in places, with little to no visibility.

After a man jumped from a cliff and drowned in the summer of 2017, city officials fenced off parts of the quarry and posted signs warning of the dangers of cliff diving. The measures, however, haven’t stopped people from jumping at the quarry.


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