September 25, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sheriff's Office, TWRA recover body from Ft. Loudon Lake
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said the Sheriff's Office and TWRA worked together today to recover a drowning victim at Louisville Marina.
The victim is identified as Jeffrey Lynn Smith, 48, Quarry Road, Louisville.
Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Louisville Marina on Louisville Road at around 1 p.m. today on a welfare check of an individual who had not been seen since late last night on a boat anchored at the marina. Family and friends attempted to locate Jeffrey Smith this morning, but they were unable to contact him. BSORT (Blount Special Operations Response Team) and agents with TWRA responded to the scene. Using a VideoRay Remote Operated Vehicle brought in from Chattanooga, TWRA Investigator Matt Majors located Smith in eight feet of water near the dock. A BSORT diver recovered Smith's body a shortly before 4 p.m.
The drowning appears accidental, and no foul play is suspected.
The VideoRay Remote Operated Vehicle is a new piece of underwater equipment obtained by TWRA last spring. To date, they have made five recoveries with the ROV.
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