Identity Released Of 9-Year-Old Boy Who Drowned In Knob Creek

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Identity Released Of 9-Year-Old Boy Who Drowned In Knob Creek

CREATED Jun 9, 2014
LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - Officials have released the name of the 9-year-old boy who was swept away by the swollen waters of Knob Creek in Lawrenceburg. 

The boy was identified as Zachary Allen Nielson. He was playing near the creek when he was pulled under. 

A handful of neighbors who live near the Knob Creek tried everything they could on Saturday evening to save Zachary, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

Zachary's aunt ran to a neighbor's help after being unable to locate him in the water. 

"She came up to my house wanting help and said one of the little boys had gone under and she couldn't find him," said Mark Kilburn. 

It was just after 6 p.m. on Saturday when Zachary became overcome by the pressure of the swollen stream. He was swept into a large drainage pipe that runs underneath Knob Creek Road.

Kilburn said he believed Zachary would have survived had he not been trapped by a large log which was stuck in the middle of the 3-foot-wide pipe.

Officials think the 9-year-old likely drowned instantly.

"We tried everything we could but it didn't matter. I just feel awful for the family," said Kilburn.

Rescue crews tried to block the pipe with plywood to try and slow the flow of water and free the boy’s body but it didn't help. Somehow, nearly two hours after being swept away, his body emerged from the pipe downstream where rescue crews were working.

"We would've done anything in the world to help that little boy, save him if we could," he said.

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