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Drowning victim recovered under dock at Suttree Landing Wednesday night identified

Officials said that the call came in at 9:13 p.m. after a man fell off a paddleboard near the dock.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE (5:30 p.m. April 29): The Knoxville Police Department identified the drowning victim of Thomas Hankinson, 61, of Friendsville.

He fell into the Tennessee River near Suttree Landing at around 10 p.m. Wednesday evening. Rescue crews later found his body under the dock at Suttree Landing and transported him to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

UPDATE 1:00 a.m. Thursday:

The victim found under the dock at Suttree Landing died at UT Medical Center, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

KPD Violent Crimes investigators are looking into the cause of the incident.

Original Story: 

The Knoxville Fire Department was looking for a man who could have fallen into the Tennessee River Wednesday evening. At around 10 p.m., officials said they found him and pulled him out of the water.

He was immediately transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in an ambulance, officials said.

They said that the man fell into the water from a pontoon boat near the dock at Suttree Landing. Officials said the call came in about the incident at 9:13 p.m. When crews arrived, they said a woman told firefighters that her friend fell off their pontoon boat near Suttree Landing dock.

The two had started sailing down the river from the Marine base boat ramp at Alcoa Highway, she said.

Identifying information about the man or how he fell into the water was not immediately available. Information about his condition was also unavailable.

This story will be updated when more information is available.