Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials announced Wednesday (July 13) that Jerry Greer, son of country star Craig Morgan, could have collided with a fellow tuber in an accident that claimed his life.
The 19-year old died Sunday after being thrown from a tube he was riding on with a friend on the Tennessee River near Kentucky Lake. He was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident, a fact that has authorities puzzled.
“We are not sure yet why he did not resurface,” a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency representative told People. The rep did say, however, that the jacket Greer was wearing “was not Coast Guard approved.”
“He was legal because of what he was doing, and the operator had proper life jackets on board, but the jacket itself was one that many [water]skiers and wave board users wear,” the representative adds. “As an agency, we prefer jackets that have the Coast Guard approval.”
The accident is still under investigation, but TWRA spokesman Dough Markham speculates that a collision could have taken place when the teens fell off of the tube.
"Early indications (are) that he and a friend both fell off of the tube as the boat towing them was moving,” Markham said. “There is a chance the two collided with one another before they hit the water."
Greer was first reported missing around 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Search and rescue teams worked through the night and into Monday until Greer's body was recovered.
Craig Morgan's record label, Black River Entertainment, issued a statement late Monday confirming the news.
"It is with deep sadness that I am confirming the passing of Jerry Greer (19), son of country music entertainer Craig Morgan and wife Karen Greer. The Humphreys County (TN) Sheriff’s Department recovered his body this evening after a search that began Sunday following a boating accident on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee," the statement reads."The family is grateful for the outpouring of support and requests prayers at this time as they privately mourn this terrible loss."
Greer will be laid to rest Saturday (July 16) in Nashville, Tennessee. A visitation is planned for Friday evening at the Walnut Street Church of Christ (201 Center Avenue, Nashville). The funeral will take place 11AM Saturday morning at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Country fans hoping to help the family are asked to make donations to the Jerry Greer Memorial Scholarship “to honor Jerry’s energy, athleticism, and love of life,” the Tennessean reports. Donations should be sent to: Tri-Star Bank 719 East College St., Dickson, Tenn., 37055.
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