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Drowning Victim Identified; TWRA calls Regen Jewett's Death an Accident--Mikayla Lewis

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.- A 26-year-old man died this afternoon in a Sumner County lake. The TWRA says Regen Jewett is the victim. 

Ideal conditions on Old Hickory Lake made for the perfect day to celebrate July 4th.

Peyton Clark, Hendersonville resident says, " It was a beautiful day so we were really excited to get out there and have fun and everybody else in this cove was really excited too. "

But for Peyton Clark and others out on Skinny Dip Cove the party came to a halt  with  a fleet of Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and Hendersonville Fire department boats  .

Peyton Clark says, "We just figured they were trying to keep the commotion down and keep everybody in check and when we came in the cove they wouldn't  let us pass because they were underwater trying to recover the body. "

A sobering moment for residents and more than a dozen friends of the James "Regan" Jewett who drowned around 2:30 this afternoon. The TWRA says the victim tried to get off his floating mat and onto a Jet ski. 

Andrew Rush, TWRA officer says, "When he reached up onto the watercraft it appeared to have rolled over onto the side and at that time the man never came back up."

Emergency crews already patrolling the lake quickly responded to the scene with divers. 

Andrew Rush says, " It's roughly 9 feet of water and visibility is impaired. So it's not always easy to find the person. "

Andrew Rush  says crews recovered the body just a couple of hours later. The TWRA says the victim is from Nashville. His Facebook page says he studied at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Peyton Clark says, " It's terrifying and we will be praying for their family and friends."

 It is unknown at this time if alcohol is a factor, but that is something being tested as protocol. 
The TWRA says Jewett wasn't wearing a life jacket and the agency stresses the importance of safety devices when out on the water. The TWRA says right now it appears the drowning was an accident. 

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