PINECREST, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – The victim of Saturday night’s Norris Lake boating incident has been recovered.
TWRA wildlife investigators located and recovered the victim’s body Sunday afternoon around 5 p.m. using an underwater Remote Operated Vehicle in the Big Creek area of Norris Lake. His body was recovered from a water depth of about 60 feet and was located several hundred yards away from the area where his boat was found crashed into the lakeshore. Officers believe the victim was ejected from his fishing boat that continued traveling, crashed into the shoreline, and burned.
A resident in the Big Creek area of Norris Lake dialed 911 around 11 p.m. after hearing an explosion and seeing a fire on the lake. Wildlife officers arrived on the scene of a crashed boat that was fully engulfed in flames, which were extinguished by members of the Campbell Co. Rural Fire Service. La Follette Rescue Squad, Campbell Co Rural Fire, Jellico Rescue Squad, and Anderson Co. Rescue Squad assisted in the search for the 51-year-old victim who is from Norris, TN. Out of respect for the family, the victim’s identity will be withheld until Monday. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/18/2020-7:15PM)