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Body of drowning victim recovered at Tims Ford Lake

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The body of a Shelbyville man who died in a drowning as he attempted to assist a relative while she struggled to swim Thursday in Franklin County has been recovered.

Brian Dearing, 28, was visiting Tim Fords Lake when he jumped in to save a relative near Holiday Marina and the Awalt Bridge about 4:30 p.m.

Franklin County Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Guess said the woman had gone down a slide on a houseboat and was struggling to get back to the boat, so Dearing jumped into the water to help. Dearing then also struggled to stay afloat, went under and never came back to the surface, Guess said.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Franklin County Rescue Squad and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency searched for Dearing's body for about three hours Thursday before darkness set in. They returned Friday morning, and recovered his body about 1:30 p.m.

Dearing was the operations manager for the popular Tullahoma adult contemporary radio station 93.9 The Duck.

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