Official says victim didn’t die in drowning incident
by Alan Reed
Jun 17, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lake Barkley State Resort Park Manager John Rittenhouse reported another near drowning at his facility last Friday.

Rittenhouse said that the incident happened at the recently re-opened Lake Barkley Beach, and directed further inquires to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Law Enforcement Division.

Several reports Monday indicated the victim died on Saturday, but an official from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife said the victim survived.

A check of the Gulfport, Mississippi Sun Herald revealed an obituary for Qualan Alexander Evans, 13, who died over the weekend in Nashville. The obituary identified no cause of death but said he was a triplet, as authorities described the drowning victim. The facts in the obituary appeared to match facts given by KDF&W Officer Don Bellamy.

Bellamy confirmed Monday morning that an incident took place late Friday afternoon, but described it as a near drowning rather than a fatal drowning, saying victim survived.

“I cannot release the victim’s name, medical information or any personal data because the victim is a minor,” said Bellamy.

He described the victim as a 13-year-old male visiting with family from Gulfport, Mississippi. He said that the family joined a relative stationed at Ft. Campbell and several other soldiers on a beach picnic.

“He was in the swimming area,” said Bellamy. “Nobody can confirm what happened, but he went under. He was recovered by rescuers and stabilized at the time. From there, he was transported to Trigg County Hospital, and then to Vanderbilt.”

Bellamy said details were scarce. As the responsible law enforcement agency for water accidents, he said that Trigg County currently lacks an officer. He responded to the accident from Princeton, driving to Trigg County Hospital to complete his report.

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