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May 15, 2014

Man drowns at Laurel Lake

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — An afternoon on Laurel Lake turned tragic when a Laurel man drowned near the Spillway on Sunday.

The body of 26-year-old Robert Young was recovered by rescue and emergency workers early Monday morning after over five hours of searching.

Young was reportedly at the Spillway with friends when he swam out toward the buoy, approximately 200 feet from the shoreline. The water is more than 60 feet deep in that area.

But on the trip back to shore, Young reportedly went under and could not be located.

Rescue workers from Laurel and Whitley counties were called to the scene, and Young’s body was located around 1 a.m. Monday morning. He was pronounced dead by the Whitley County Coroner, because that part of Laurel Lake is on the Whitley County side.

Danny Moses, Whitley County EMA Director, was quoted as saying to reporters with WYMT-TV that the loss of a child is always tragic, but Young’s death on Mother’s Day was especially sad.

Young was an employee at ABC Automotive and was the father of two young girls. He lived in Laurel County. No funeral arrangements were available at press time on Tuesday morning.

This is the first drowning of the year.



njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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