UPDATED: Man drowns at Rough River

By Matt Lasley - [email protected]

An 18-year-old man drowned after jumping off of a boat dock at Rough River this past Sunday evening, July 3.

Deshawn King, 18, of Louisville, dove off of a private dock in Panther Creek at Rough River into the water at about 6:00 p.m. central time on Sunday, according to Sergeant Scott Herndon, of the investigating Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources.

King, described by witnesses as “a very inexperienced swimmer,” dove into water that was reportedly 20 to 25 feet deep, Herndon said.

When Grayson County Emergency Medical Services (GCEMS) arrived on the scene, King had already been removed from the water, according to Billy Dallas, of GCEMS.

GCEMS then transported King to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, and from there, emergency personnel intended to transport King by medical helicopter to University of Louisville (U of L) Hospital; however, due to inclement weather, EMS began to transport him by ambulance to U of L Hospital, according to Herndon.

On the way to Louisville, however, the ambulance diverted to Hardin Memorial Hospital when King began to go into cardiac arrest, Herndon said.

King passed away at Hardin Memorial Hospital at 2:05 a.m. on Monday, July 4.

Medical officials at Hardin Memorial Hospital reported that all indications show King’s cause of death was complications from drowning, Herndon said.

King’s body was transported to Louisville on Monday for an autopsy, which was performed the same day.

Herndon said the Department of Fish & Wildlife’s investigation has thus far shown that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the drowning.

Herndon encourages inexperienced swimmers to wear life jackets when swimming in a lake and said that only experienced swimmers should jump off of a boat dock.

“A lake is not a swimming pool,” Herndon said. “It’s not a controlled environment.”

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and Falls of Rough Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the scene.

By Matt Lasley

[email protected]

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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