UPDATE: A man died early Sunday morning trying to rescue a woman.

Sixty-year-old Dale Sanford drowned while trying to help a woman out of a pond.

Officials discovered his body, found outside of a residence off of McMinn County Road 788.

The McMinn County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the West Polk Fire and Rescue to pull the woman out of the water.

She is at a local hospital and is expected to be ok.

Authorities say she was high on meth when they pulled her out or the water.

Originally, McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy posted a statement on Facebook saying both Sanford and the woman were high.

However, after further investigation by deputies, Sheriff Guy made changes to his original post that now states it was only the woman who was high on meth.

Family members confirm the woman that Sanford was trying to reach in the water was not family, but she had been staying on the same property.

Sheriff Guy says this is an ongoing investigation.

Channel 3 did reach out to the McMinn County Sheriff's Office for clarification on the post and situation, but they have not yet returned our calls.


PREVIOUS STORY: Crews rescued two people from water in McMinn County Sunday. 

The West Polk Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department posted on their Facebook page a man did not survive and a woman was unharmed. 

Officials tell us it happened near County Road 788 when one person wandered into the water and the other tried to rescue the woman. 

West Polk Volunteer Fire and Rescue crews were called in around 5:30 Sunday morning. 

Channel 3 has a crew headed to the area. 

Stay with Channel 3 as this story develops.