Boy drowns in Duck River

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

CHAPEL HILL - A Lewisburg boy drowned Thursday evening in the Duck River between a Henry Horton State Park boat ramp and the Nashville Highway bridge over the river.

Funeral services for Douglas Van Orden III, 16, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 29, in the chapel at London Funeral Home. Burial followed in Whorley Cemetery, the mortuary said.

Van Orden entered the river from the north side shore of the river that borders the state park, according to Meg Lockhart, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Park rangers recovered Van Orden at 9:22 p.m. Thursday, Lockhart said.

"It appears that he was with a brother and a cousin when they entered the river on private property," the department spokeswoman said. "Based on eyewitness accounts, [Van Orden] got into water that may have been too deep and he could not swim.

"Due to the proximity of Henry Horton State Park, our rangers responded to the scene and found the victim," she said. The Tennessee State Park rangers who responded were: Randy Whitworth, Brad Halfacre, Patrick Dwyer and Shane Petty.