Identity Released Of Teen Who Drowned At Old Hickory Lake

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Identity Released Of Teen Who Drowned At Old Hickory Lake

CREATED Jul 14, 2014
LEBANON, Tenn. – The identity has been released of a teenager who drowned in Wilson County after a late night swim at Old Hickory Lake.

The teen has been identified as 17-year-old Kent O'Dell Foster, of Watertown. Officials from the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency said he and a group of teens had gone swimming at the Misty Cove boat dock just after midnight Monday.

Foster went under the water, but did not come back up.

Rescue crews from WEMA and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office were called in to search for the teen. Divers were able to find and recover his body within an hour.

"In a river environment you never know what’s up under that water. We don’t know if he hit his head on anything," said Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.

Bryan said alcohol was not a factor.

Foster was well known by Watertown's mayor, Mike Jennings, who coached the teen baseball for years.

"He was a fine young man in all aspects, and I’m not just saying that. He was," Jennings said Monday. “At that age we like to think we can live forever, but sometimes that doesn’t work out.”

Bryan said an autopsy should reveal what lead to Foster's death.

Friends are planning a life celebration to honor the teen at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Watertown Park.