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Man drowns near Floating Mill
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A Tullahoma man lost his life while swimming Center Hill Lake Sunday.Authorities said William Bates, 27, was boating when Bates jumped into the water to take a swim. After Bates did not resurface, his companions reportedly went in to try and save him, but were unsuccessful.Workers searched for the man’s body for nearly 24 hours before recovering it in about 90 feet of water approximately a mile from Floating Mill Recreation area.The body was located by the Franklin County Rescue Squad's tow fish sonar equipment, and was recovered by White County Rescue Squad divers.Members of the TWRA, DeKalb, White, Putnam, Coffee and Franklin County Rescue Squads, U.S Army Corps of Engineers Rangers, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and local Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Charlie Parker all assisted in the search, which continued through the night.Captain Dustin Johnson of the DeKalb County Rescue Squad said he wished to thank all those who supported them in the search, and to the Caney Fork Chapter of the American Red Cross, who set up at the Floating Mill Recreation area to provide food and drinks to the emergency personnel and volunteers. Johnson also expressed his thanks to DeKalb Market and Pizza Hut for their donation of food.

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