published Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Jasper man drowns trying to save girlfriend, whose car went into Tennessee River

A Jasper, Tenn., man drowned after he jumped into a river to save his girlfriend, who lived.

On Tuesday, 26-year-old Christopher Matthew Heaton dove into the Tennessee River near the Bridgeport Ferry after his girlfriend’s vehicle went over an embankment, Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips said in a news release.

The female, who police haven’t identified, was seen going into the water, but she was able to escape the vehicle and swim to shore, Phillips said.

Police believe Heaton didn’t realize the woman had escaped and he dove into the water to rescue her.

A search-and-rescue team found his body near the Bridgeport Ferry, authorities said.

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jnsesq said...

If only Chappaquiddick had played out like this... sigh

February 9, 2012 at 11:12 a.m.
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