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DEAD @ His voice!

The District Attorney is now considering whether charges will be filed against the owner of the Blue Cove Hideaway in McMinn County.

A man drowned there over the weekend. It’s the second drowning at the same place in the pas

Just one day after a 25 year old man drowned, people still continue to come swim at the Blue Cove.

Police say James Semster jumped from a home-made wooden platform off a 30-foot bluff.

Sheriff Joe Guy call this location – unsafe and poorly operated.

But, the owner, Charles Womac, says otherwise.

“I just try to help these high school kids and college kids because they ain’t got no money,” he said.

Megan Lukas came to swim with her friend Anna.

“There probably should be a lifeguard here, if I’m being honest,” Lukas said.

The two say they won’t jump off the plank because it makes them nervous that two people have drowned here.

“It was awhile ago that the first one happened, and that kind of freaked me out. But, then a bunch of my friends, I’d see them post like, ‘oh this is so cool’ and they’d come recently. Then, we just got here and was like this is really scary,” Lukas added.

The last drowning happened exactly one year and ten days from the one here on Sunday.

The owners now have a sign posted warning swimmers. But, Womac says he still plans to charge his customers and he doesn’t want lifeguards.

“You don’t put no lifeguards at a lake. And a lifeguard might’ve been over here and when something happens there. No, I ain’t putting no lifeguards,” Womac said.

“If I was him, I probably wouldn’t be making people pay to come here to possibly drown. I mean, two people have already drown. It’s kinda scary,” Lukas told NewsChannel 9.

District Attorney Stephen Crump says his office is reviewing the drowning death from this last weekend and will determine if any criminal laws apply. Crump says he will complete that review as expeditiously as possible.


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