Two missing swimmers found in Lake Cumberland


UPDATE: 8 a.m., June 8, 2020:

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The bodies of two 23-year-old college students from China have been found in Lake Cumberland.

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According to Russell County Emergency Management Director H.M. Bottom, the two were found in the area where divers and emergency responders had been looking since they went missing Friday.

Their bodies have been turned over to the Russell County Cporoner’s office for an autopsy and formal identification.

UPDATE: 6/7/20 10 p.m.:

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Crews from several counties continued searching Lake Cumberland Sunday for two missing swimmers.

The Russell County Emergency Manager says crews are using sonar and underwater cameras to search about 170 feet of water.

The swimmers, two men in their 20s, disappeared Friday when they tried to catch a houseboat that was drifting off between Jamestown Marina and Wolfe Creek Dam.

The emergency management director says someone has been passing out fliers asking for volunteers, but the people searching can’t use volunteers right now.

More people could disturb the water, making sonar less accurate.

He also says the two missing men are international students from China and their embassy has notified their families whom crews have been in contact with to assure them they’re doing all they can.


6/6/20 11 p.m.-RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- At least three different counties’ rescue squads searched Lake Cumberland again Saturday for two missing swimmers.

Russell County’s emergency manager says the search began Friday afternoon when two young men from out of town and two women were swimming between Jamestown Marina and Wolfe Creek Dam.

A house boat began to drift off so the two men in their 20s went after it and no one saw them resurface from the water.

A boat picked up the two other swimmers.

The emergency manager says there was a swift current at the time and the search is difficult because there’s about 150 feet of water.

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