Country singer Craig Morgan and his family suffered a devastating loss over the weekend as his 19-year old son, Jerry Greer, died after being thrown from an inner tube on a Tennessee Lake.
The accident happened Sunday afternoon (July 10) on Kentucky Lake. Search and rescue crews searched for Jerry overnight Sunday until his body was recovered late Monday.
Officials investigating the teen's death are puzzled as to why the life jacket he was wearing didn't save his life.
“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.”
Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis led the recovery efforts and stated that Greer's death was a tragic accident.
“This was just a tragic accident as far as hitting a wave and coming off [the tube] and not coming up,” Davis said.
Jerry was one of Craig Morgan's four children with wife Karen. He was a 2016 graduate of Dickson County High School and planned to play football for Marshall University in the fall.