The body of an Anderson County boater who went missing in a cove near Sugar Camp Lane in Maynardville was recovered under water in Norris Lake on Monday evening, authorities said.
At about 6:40 p.m. Monday, September 5, rescue crews recovered the man’s body in about 46 feet of water, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said. The 71-year-old Anderson County man went missing around noon Monday after jumping into the lake from an anchored pontoon boat. Witnesses onboard the boat say that the man went under the water and never resurfaced.
Rescue crews from Union County and Knoxville joined TWRA in the search for the man, who was located with help from a remote operated vehicle, or ROV. TWRA officers located the man’s body, and divers from the Knoxville Rescue Squad made the recovery.
Since acquiring the unit a few years ago, approximately 27 boating incident victims have been recovered by use of the ROV.
TWRA Union County Wildlife Officer Rick Roberts is the lead investigator for TWRA, and he coordinated an autopsy request with Medical Examiner Doctor Mark Holland.
The man’s identity will be released Tuesday, and the incident remains under investigation, the TWRA said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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