Body of Norris Lake drowning victim found

Body of Norris Lake drowning victim found

June 10, 2007

By MELISSA DiPANE
6 News Anchor/Reporter

CARYVILLE (WATE) -- Rescue crews in Campbell County Sunday afternoon found the body of a missing boater who disappeared Saturday night.

Ginger Robbins, 41, was found around 3:00 p.m.

The tail end of his boat is all that remains visible after an the accident on Norris Lake.

The incident had rescue crews combing the bottom of the lake for the boat's missing occupant.

"We've had a dragging operation probably at least a dozen counties. All the boats are tied together nose to tail which allows them to cover a controlled area," says Robert Dial, with the LaFollette Rescue Squad.

Dive crews were sent underwater to look around.

Robbins was a Norris Lake resident.

The accident happened less than a half mile from the Twin Coves Marina.

Though the marina is not commenting on the accident they say Robbins was a regular customer and not new to the water.

Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officials do not believe Robbins was wearing a life vest.

So far this boating season, officials have seen a number of fatal accidents that could have been avoided.

Though officials are not yet sure if this accident falls into that category.

"We've had three drownings this year, none had a life jacket on. It's extremely important," says Jason Lankford, a wildlife resource officer with TWRA.

"We've had a tubing accident, had wave runners hit each other had a drowning at Powell Valley. Typically we average two a year and we've already had three and the summer just started," says Dial.

The victims father, 65-year-old Robert Foshee of Lenoir City, was injured in the crash.

He was transported by Lifestar to UT Medical Center.

He is in stable condition.

TWRA tried to pull the boat out of the water Saturday night but needed to call in help because of the boat's size.

They will need to search the boat as part of the investigation.

No word yet on whether anyone faces charges or what caused the accident in the first place.

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