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Teen drowns in Nonconnah Creek

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By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - One person drowned and a second was rescued when a teen fishing in Nonconnah Creek jumped into the water Monday and his brother tried to save him.

Officials said the incident happened when Oscar Angelo Hernandez, 19, who was fishing in a boat on the creek, decided to go for a swim.  When the teen had trouble staying above water, his brother, German Hernandez, 21, jumped in after him.

"My sister-in-law called me crying and said he had thrown himself with the net, but he never came out," Oscar's sister-in-law said. "He threw himself to look for him but he couldn't find him. And that's when they called 911."

When authorities arrived, German was found clinging to a piece of debris in the water. Oscar was nowhere to be found.

"We have several rescue teams out here," Lt. Wayne Cook of the Memphis Fire Department said. "We have teams in the water.  We have teams that are waking down the banks trying to located the parties.

Additionally, a Memphis Police Department helicopter and the Coast Guard were called to the scene to aid with the search from the air.

Oscar's body was found around 10:00 p.m.

Officials said family members of the missing teen only speak Spanish, something that caused slight problems for officials as they tried to gather information about what happened.

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