by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For an Oklahoma family, a trip to Drury Dam in Sumner County was a traditional weekend getaway — a place to congregate, swim, fish, camp out. This family had been doing it for many years.
But last Friday, their latest trip turned to tragedy when a 16-year-old boy drowned before 6 p.m. after allegedly jumping off of the dam which at the time was a three to four foot precipice into what appeared to be a water hole below that is estimated to be 20 feet deep.
Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers said due to respect for the family he will not release the name of the boy who died five days ago and was found less than 48 hours later downstream when a passerby discovered his body.
It was tremendously tense weekend for the rescue workers from four Sumner County fire agencies, the Sumner County Emergency Management Department, and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office who were dealing with a missing body and water that was turbulent due to the recent rainstorms.