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Hatchie drowning victim identified
by Steve Beavers
Aug 14, 2014 | 438 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The name of a drowning victim has been released by the Alcorn County Sheriff's Department.

Brandon Wayne Davis, 16, of Ripley, was swimming with his brother when he drown after jumping into the Hatchie River on Wednesday.

The death is the second over the past three weeks at the site near where the Old Iron Bridge use to be off County Road 600. Walnut's Daniel Eugene Bradford, 45, died from injuries Monday at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Bradford was seriously injured when he jumped from the side of the bank into a shallow end of the river on July 27.

On Wednesday, Davis and his brother Blake Davis, 18, had been swimming around 15 minutes at the popular spot when Brandon Davis swung off a rope tied to a tree, according to investigator Reggie Anderson.

"He was able to come back up, but couldn't swim with the current and went back down," said Anderson.

Blake Davis tried to rescue his brother as did workers with a construction crew working on the road.

Officers with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks found the body not far from where Brandon Davis had jumped in at 5:36 p.m. Wednesday.

The call to 911 came across at 2:53 p.m.

"They had swam there before," said Anderson. "There was a small current and the water was roughly 10 feet deep where the victim jumped in."

The Alcorn County Sheriff's Department was assisted by Magnolia Regional Health Center Emergency Medical Services, Alcorn County Emergency Management Agency, Kossuth Volunteer Fire Department, Union Center Volunteer Fire Department, Alcorn County Dive Team, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks and Tippah County Sheriff's Department.
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