The body of a Bulls Gap man was found in Cherokee Lake around 4 p.m., Monday afternoon following a search that began when he jumped into the water and did not resurface on Sunday.
Derek Silvers, of Bulls Gap jumped from a rock bluff near mile marker 26 of Cherokee Lake, was found in 30 feet of water, according to the Hawkins County Rescue Squad and Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson.
Silvers jumped an estimated 80 feet into the water and did not resurface. Authorities were called after 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Monday morning, a rescue diver from Kingsport Lifesaving Crew came to the lake to help with search efforts. Sonar devices were also used in finding the body.
Chancey Hatfield and Dave Mullins, both community volunteers, provided sonar equipment that made it possible to find the body.
Earlier Monday afternoon, Morristown Rescue Squad assumed operations over the search efforts after it was determined the incident occurred in Hamblen County.
A command post and staging area was located at the boat ramp inside Legacy Bay.
The body was taken to Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System where Silvers was identified.
In addition to members from Hawkins County Rescue Squad, other departments participating in the search include Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department, Hawkins County EMS, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, Hancock County Rescue Squad, Bean Station Rescue Squad, Bean Station Fire Department, Morristown Rescue Squad, Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office, TWRA officers and Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads Chaplain Bobby Darnell and citizen volunteers.