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Authorities identify missing swimmer recovered from Cherry Lake

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 07:18:23-04

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Authorities have identified the man whose body was recovered from Cherry Lake on Monday.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says that 49-year-old Kenneth Knowles of Valdosta, Georgia. 

MCSO says they were called to the lake around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday about a possible drowning and boating accident. Reports say Knowles jumped in the water and his brother couldn't save him.

Authorities couldn't get a dive team out there before dark, so the search resumed Monday morning. With help from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and Florida Wildlife, Knowles' body was recovered at 11 a.m.


MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) -  A body has been recovered from Cherry Lake following a drowning investigation Sunday. 

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says they recovered the body from Cherry Lake Monday morning. They say the body of a 49-year-old black man from Valdosta was recovered from the lake.

It is believed to be the body of the missing swimmer from Sunday. 

MCSO says they were called to the lake around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday about a possible drowning and boating accident. Reports say the victim jumped in the water and his brother couldn't save him.

Authorities couldn't get a dive team out there before dark, so the search resumed Monday morning.

With help from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and Florida Wildlife, the body was recovered at 11 a.m.

Deputies say they will release the identity of the man once his family is notified.  

The sheriff’s office is in process of reopening the Cherry Lake public beach and boat ramp. They say all lake and boating activities are cleared to resume as normal. 

This is a developing story. Stay with us for details. 


MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) -  The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating a drowning at Cherry Lake. 

MCSO responded to a report of an adult male who reportedly went under in Cherry Lake and did not come up. 

According to MCSO, immediate recovery efforts were unsuccessful and have been suspended for the night due to safety concerns.

Recovery efforts will resume Monday morning at daylight. 

MCSO states due to this tragic event, the Cherry Lake Public Beach and Boat Ramp will be closed until further notice and boating on the lake will be restricted to a minimum. 

MCSO says please refrain from all boating activities until the recovery can be completed.