COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - Searchers have recovered the body of a man who drowned while swimming in the Mississippi River upstream from Memphis.
Tipton County Sheriff J.T. "Pancho" Chumley said the victim was identified as 28-year-old Ricky Eugene Free of Henning, TN.
Deputies say he was swimming with two friends on Thursday north of Duvall Landing. Free had tried to swim to a sandbar when he got into trouble. His friends tried to help, but were unable to reach him and called for help just before 6 p.m.
Rescue crews recovered Free and pronounced him dead on the scene.