Cheatham County teen who drowned in Cumberland River identified

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities have identified the teenager who died in a drowning near Sycamore Creek Recreation Area Saturday in Cheatham County.

The Cheatham County Sheriff has identified the teen as 17-year-old Eric Bright, a senior at Cheatham County Central High School.

Authorities at the scene told News 2 Eric and some friends were going swimming when they decided to climb over a railing near the railway bridge and jump into the water. Officials said Bright was the last person to jump into the water and struggled for a short time before returning to the water.

Eric’s body was found an hour later. Cheatham County Central High School football coach Kevin Eslick said the boy was loved by many.

“He was loved by so many people. You went to high school today, I think they stood outside and said a prayer for him, was it the flag-raising gesture and things like that,” Eslick said, “I think a lot of players. football has been extremely torn. It was good to see that he had so much love but it was a terrible situation all around.”

Eslick said Eric talked about becoming a real estate agent after graduating from high school.

The Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office described the drowning as a “tragic accident.”

GoFundMe by Coach Eslick has been posted online to support the family during this difficult time. To donate, click here. Cheatham County teen who drowned in Cumberland River identified

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