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In Loving Memory Of Charles Brandon Phipps

Tubing tragedy
Man Drowns when his foot gets stuck in river rocks

Appeared in the New Richmond News; August 12, 2002
Copyright New Richmond News

An 18-year-old Tennessee mad died Sunday while tubing on the Apple River in Somerset.

Charles Brandon Phipps, of Cedar Hill, Tenn., was riding on the same inner tube with two friends at about 6 p.m. Sunday. As they entered the rapids just north of Hwy. 35/64 in downtown Somerset, Phipps lost his grip on the tube and fell in the river. When Phipps attempted to stand up, his foot became stuck in the rocks on the river bottom.

A sheriff’s department news release said that Phipps was facing up stream, and the current forced him face down under the water. Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said that the river was deeper and swifter this weekend due to rainstorms north of here.

Security personal stationed in a tower just north of the rapids saw the incident and radioed for assistance. Float-Rite Park personnel attempted to free Phipps from the river. Sheriff’s deputies, Somerset police, and Somerset EMTs also responded.

Phipps’ foot was dislodged from the rocks after about 13 minutes, but when he was pulled to shore he was not breathing and had no pulse. CPR was administered immediately on shore.

Phipps was transported by New Richmond Ambulance to Holy Family Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:03 p.m. The death is under investigation by the sheriff’s department.

Hillstead said the three tubers were a part of a traveling magazine sales group, and went tubing in Somerset for their vacation day. The other two men on the inner tube were Derek T. Mills, 21 and Joseph L. Musial, 24, both of Sugar Hill, Ga.

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Info Clip
D.M.P.G. Web master
May 20, 2003

Research has discovered that Charles Phipps was working for Xtreme Marketing Inc. a traveling magazine sales crew out of Sugar Hill, GA. Xtreme Marketing clears magazine sale orders through United Family Circulation. (aka Ultimate Power Sales, Inc.) (aka Ultimate Empire Sales, Inc.)

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Teen dies while tubing on river
BY PHILLIP PINA; Pioneer Press; Published on 08/12/2002

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