Boy drowns while swimming with family in McCreary Co. river

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (AP) – The body of an 11-year-old boy has been recovered from Big South Fork River after he drowned while swimming with family.

McCreary County coroner Tim Corder tells local media that Kaden Allen had been swimming back from the far side of the river Monday afternoon and didn’t make it across. His body was found the next morning after an overnight search.

Corder says Allen’s apparent cause of death is drowning, but an autopsy will be conducted.

Park Ranger Christopher Derman says the river can be inches deep in some places but quickly fall to 20 to 30 feet deep in other places, with little to no warning. He also says the water appears tranquil at the surface, but that there’s a strong current that flows underneath.