In Sept. 17 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
An Erlanger man drowned in Lake Cumberland this past weekend, according to Fish & Wildlife Officer Travis Neal.
Last Saturday night Brennan Wayne Thomas, 20, was on a houseboat with family and friends in Harmon Creek in the edge of Wayne County, just across the Russell County line, when he decided to go swimming in the lake sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Thomas slid down a tubed slide on the back of the houseboat and hit his head on a small boat that had just tied up to the houseboat some 15 minutes earlier, Neal said. It appears that Thomas didn't know that a boat had tied up behind the houseboat.
After hitting the smaller watercraft, Thomas went into the water and did not resurface, according to Neal.
Rescue squads from Wayne and Pulaski counties as well as Wayne County emergency services were called in and Thomas' body was recovered by divers shortly after midnight on Saturday. He was pronounced dead a short time later by Anthony Vaughn, a deputy Wayne County coroner.
Neal and fellow Fish & Wildlife officers Tony Wright, Jared Alley, Wayne Wilson and Jacob Bowman all responded to the scene and helped in investigating the incident.
Neal said the houseboat was a rented from a local dock but did not disclose what dock the boat was from.
The incident is still under investigation and an autopsy was scheduled to be performed in Frankfort at the state medical examiner's office to determine the exact cause of death, authorities said.