David Shields drowns in Parksville Lake
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jul 29, 2014 | 1262 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A Cleveland man died in Polk County during the weekend after he reportedly went for a swim in Parksville Lake.

David Shields, 57, was identified as the victim, according to West Polk Fire and Rescue Chief Steve Lofty.

Lofty said initial investigation yielded information that Shields had spoken with a camper nearby, who was staying just west of Mac Point.

The person told Lofty and others that Shields approached him and said he was going swimming in the nearby cove.

According to Lofty, the person attempted to discourage Shields from swimming alone.

Shields reportedly entered the water and swam across the cove, rested for a short while, then re-entered the water and got about 25 yards offshore and began to struggle. The person who was camping entered the water in an attempt to rescue Shields.

After alerting emergency responders and providing an approximate location where Shields was last seen, a Polk diver entered the water and located Shield’s body.

Attempts to perform CPR were unsuccessful, according to Lofty, who cited a possible medical event was a factor in Shield’s death.

Assisting at the scene were members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service, which is in charge of the investigation.