Tragedy struck the Western Carolina University community over the Fourth of July holiday weekend when a newly enrolled student drowned at a local swimming hole.
Shortly after 2 p.m. on July 5, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a possible drowning in the Tuckasegee River near the East La Port Recreation Park in Cullowhee. According to Jackson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chip Hall, 18-year-old Timothy Michael Adams was pulled from the river by friends.
When the Sheriff’s Office arrived, Cullowhee Fire Department, MedWest EMS, and the Jackson County Rescue Squad were already at the scene providing aid to Adams. The victim was transported to Med West Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Adams was from Wake Forest, N.C., and had just enrolled at WCU on July 2, three days before his death. Adams, who was a standout high school athlete had declared Sports Management as his major at WCU.