OHP: Teen Drowns At Lake Tenkiller After Jumping Off Cliff

Friday, June 15th 2018, 3:21 am
By: News On 6

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol's Marine Division recovered the body of a Muskogee teen who drowned in Lake Tenkiller. Authorities say 18-year-old Cody Hancock dove off a 15-foot cliff on Lake Tenkiller and drowned Thursday evening.

The OHP say the drowning happened at the Burnt Cabin Cliffs area at the Cherokee County lake just before 8 p.m.

Witnesses told troopers Hancock resurfaced after the dive, but started struggling, then went under. Other swimmers rushed to help, but were not able to bring the teen back to the surface.

The OHP as well as the Cookson and Keys Fire Departments suspended the search due to darkness but were successful in recovering the body Friday morning. An OHP report said 

Witnesses told the OHP, the teen was not using a personal flotation device.