TWRA officers recover body in Douglas Lake

Published: Aug. 12, 2016 at 2:18 PM EDT
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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers recovered a body in Douglas Lake on Friday afternoon after a fisherman went missing that morning. The body was found about 35 to 50 yards away from the shoreline.

TWRA has not released the victim's identity, but officers say he was a man in his 60s.

The incident happened near the TWRA Dandridge access area off Highway 92.

According to TWRA, the drowning victim and another man were fishing from a boat. That's when they became hot and beached their boat on the shore. While the men were on the bank, the boat started drifting away. Agents believe the victim swam out to get it back and as he got near the boat, he went under and didn't resurface.

This is the fifth drowning at the lake this year.

In early May, Richard Rolen, 70, drowned on Douglas after falling from his boat. He was wearing an inflatable life jacket, but it appeared that it was not properly worn, causing it to improperly inflate.

In late June, John King, 74, Englewood Fla., drowned in Douglas Lake after leaving a pontoon boat to help some kids who were swimming nearby with life jackets on. King was not wearing a life jacket.

In late June, the body of a man was recovered on Douglas Lake near Indian Creek who may have fallen out of a boat.

Just before midnight on July 23, a man drowned on Douglas Lake after falling from a boat that was moored at a community dock at the Boulder Crest Villas.