September 9, 2007
Sunday, recovery divers found the body of 20-year-old Kendall Tanner Coates. Coates drowned while trying to save his family.
The Maryland family came to the Lake Anna area for a vacation. Around noon Saturday, two younger children were being pulled along in a tube by boat. When the kids fell into the water, their relative, Kendall Coates, jumped in to pull them to safety.
The kids were wearing life jackets and are fine now, but Coates was not wearing a life jacket and was pulled under by the current.
Search and rescue crews started looking for Coates Saturday. The search ended Sunday morning around 11:15 when they found his body.
Gary Griffith says it happened by one of the properties his company manages. He also lives across the street from the house where the family was staying.
"Lake Anna is a pretty safe lake, but it seems almost every year there is an accident on the lake. We had just been talking about how fortunate we had been this year. It was after Labor Day; we thought the summer and the season was over, and this year we hadn't had the misfortune of someone drowning until now," said Griffith.
Louisa County Sheriff Office tell us about 40 people from six localities searched the waters Sunday. SONAR boats helped find Coates' body.