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Body of Missing Angler Recovered on Douglas Lake

Per the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s press release:

The body of a missing fisherman has been recovered from Douglas Lake at Dandridge Access Area in Jefferson Co.

TWRA received a call at approximately 1:30 Thursday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2018, that a boat was adrift and a fisherman was missing near the boat ramp. Indications at this time are that the victim was either launching or retrieving his boat as his truck was backed down the ramp with the trailer in the water and the boat adrift nearby.

A TWRA boating investigator located the victim about 80 feet of the shoreline in ten feet of water by use of a Remote Operated Vehicle. Members of the Jefferson County Rescue Squad recovered his body at approximately 3:37 p.m.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said Paul Allen Irwin, 72, of Dandridge, died after he apparently fell overboard while trying to launch his boat at the Dandridge Access area.