TWRA identify man killed in Norris Lake

TRWA crews recover Norris Lake drowning victim.

UPDATE: Rescue crews recovered the body of a 71-year-old Anderson County man who went missing in Norris Lake on Monday.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency spokesperson Matthew Cameron identified the man as Roy McClenney Jr., 71, of Norris.

McClenney was found in about 46 feet of water around 6:40 p.m. Monday

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said McClenney went missing in a cove near Sugar Camp Lane in Maynardville after he jumped into the lake from an anchored pontoon boat and never resurfaced. McClenney went missing around noon Monday.

Rescue crews from Union County and Knoxville helped TWRA in the search. Officials used a remote-operated vehicle, which is essentially a submarine-like unit with high quality sonar technology, to find the body. 

"We've used it now to find at least 27 missing victims in boating accidents since its inception just a few years ago," Cameron said.

TWRA only has one ROV across the state. On Monday, authorities had to transport it from Chattanooga to Union County to recover the missing body. 

An autopsy is being conducted, TWRA said.

The incident remains under investigation. 

PREVIOUS STORY: Emergency responders are searching for a possible drowning victim in Union County. 

TWRA and the Union County rescue squad are looking for a missing 70-year-old man who jumped from a pontoon boat and never resurfaced, TWRA spokesperson Matt Cameron confirmed. 

The possible drowning was reported around 12:10 p.m. just off Sugar Camp Lane, according to dispatch. 

A TWRA remote-operated vehicle is headed to the scene to assist in the search. 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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