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17-year-old drowns in Wilson County

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Kent Foster, 17, drowned in Wilson County early Monday morning. Kent Foster, 17, drowned in Wilson County early Monday morning.

An evening on the water ended in tragedy for a group of friends. A teenager who couldn't swim went under and never resurfaced.

The 911 call underscores the panic and helplessness that others felt in that moment.

The call came in around 12:30 a.m. Monday, but by that time it was too late.

Dispatch: "Wilson County 911, what's your emergency?"

Caller: "Someone drowned at Hunter's Point!"

Dispatch: "Are they breathing?"

Caller: "No, he's dead, he's underwater."

Five teenagers, two boys and three girls, had apparently just met.

Caller: "I don't know them boys, like we just met them, and they said, 'Do you wanna go swimmin?' So we went swimmin.'"

Kent Foster, 17, reportedly didn't know how to swim.

"He swam away from the boat ramp and went underwater and never came back up," said Sheriff Robert Bryan.

Foster was an athlete who made good grades and had just graduated from Watertown High School.

"It's sad for the family.  It's sad for all the community up in Watertown. From what I understand, this kid is a good kid," Bryan said.

At this point, his family is too distraught to talk. In the midst of making funeral plans, they're also planning a benefit in his honor.

Meanwhile, the sheriff is begging kids to be careful.

"You never know what's up under there, there could be a stump, there could be a rock," he said.

Friends have set up a donation account for Foster's family at the Wilson County Bank & Trust.

A benefit will be held in Foster's honor at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Watertown Park.

Funeral services for Foster will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Watertown First Baptist Church. Visitation will be at the church between 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday and on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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