UPDATE: Inmate identified after drowning at state prison in Boyle County

UPDATE POSTED AUGUST 23, 2021 AT 4:39 P.M.

BURGIN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The inmate who drowned at a state prison in Boyle County has been identified.

According to the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Eric Pride was part of an outside work detail of minimum-security inmates at Northpoint Training Center.

The inmates are tasked with maintaining the prison grounds. On Friday afternoon, they were cleaning debris from the bank of Lake Herington, on the grounds behind the prison.

Pride’s exact cause of death is pending an autopsy. Kentucky State Police is investigating his death.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED AUGUST 21, 2021 AT 12:08 A.M.

BURGIN, Ky. (WTVQ) – An inmate helping clean brush off a bank in a lake behind a state medium-security prison in Burgin drowned Friday afternoon, according to Boyle County Coroner Don Hammer.

The coroner says the inmate was out in the pool of the lake at the Northpoint Training Center when he started to go under.  He says those supervising at the scene threw out a rope, but the inmate lost his footing in the deep water and drowned.  The coroner says it happened around 1:00 p.m.

The inmate’s name wasn’t immediately released.

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