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TWRA identifies victim after body pulled from Norris Lake

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency identified the victim after a body was recovered from Norris Lake Sunday afternoon.
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Published: Oct. 18, 2020 at 4:49 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 at 3:27 PM EDT
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CAMPBELL Co., Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency identified the victim after a body was recovered from Norris Lake Sunday afternoon.

The body belonged to that of 51-year-old Paul Musick, who died in a single boating accident on the lake just before 11 p.m. Saturday.

Investigators believe that Musick was ejected from his boat after it struck a work barge docked against the shore. The boat continued on and burned several hundred yards away from the initial collision.

Crews responded to the crash after a neighbor spotted the fire and called 911, and Campbell County Rural Fire Service crews put the fire out with the help of Campbell Co. Rescue Squad, Campbell Co Rural Fire, and the Jellico Rescue Squad. The boat was a total loss.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the victim’s body was located around 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Crews used an underwater ROV in the Big Creek area of Norris Lake to find the body which was located “several hundred yards away from the area where the boat was found crashed into the lakeshore."

Crews were able to make the recovery efforts in 60 feet of water, TWRA said.

Campbell County Rural Fire Service crews put the fire out.

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