TWRA says Douglas Lake drowning was a first in years during Memo

TWRA says Douglas Lake drowning was a first in years during Memorial holiday weekend

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"You realize how quickly, how short and sweet life can be and how quickly it can be taken away. It's really made me do a lot of thinking today," said Adams. "You realize how quickly, how short and sweet life can be and how quickly it can be taken away. It's really made me do a lot of thinking today," said Adams.
Investigators say James Arnett, 67 drowned trying to retrieve his boat, drifting into the lake at Inspiration Point Campground just after 9 Monday morning. Bystanders used an anchor and pontoon boat to bring Arnett to the bank. Investigators say James Arnett, 67 drowned trying to retrieve his boat, drifting into the lake at Inspiration Point Campground just after 9 Monday morning. Bystanders used an anchor and pontoon boat to bring Arnett to the bank.
TWRA says this is the first drowning during the Memorial Holiday weekend since 2012. TWRA says this is the first drowning during the Memorial Holiday weekend since 2012.
Dandridge, TN - By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - Tragedy struck at Douglas Lake Monday morning when a man drowned while unloading his boat. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency told 6 News it's the first drowning during the holiday weekend since 2012.

Investigators say James Arnett, 67 drowned trying to retrieve his boat, drifting into the lake at Inspiration Point Campground just after 9 Monday morning. Bystanders used an anchor and pontoon boat to bring Arnett to the bank.

The accident at the boat ramp has campers frightened. "You never think about something like this happening," said Jerry Adams.

Arnett's boat was not tied up yet, and started drifting deeper into the lake. Investigators say he swam after the boat to catch it, then went under and never resurfaced.

"Who knows what actually caused him to go under. He may have been further than he thought he was," said Matthew Cameron with TWRA.

TWRA says this is the first drowning during the Memorial Holiday weekend since 2012.

"I believe the safety message here would be if you have to swim out to try and get your boat, put a life jacket on," added Cameron.

So far this year, seven people have drowned in Tennessee waters according to TWRA.

"If there aren't life jackets on the boat, we won't go. Obviously the kids have to have them on," said boater John Baisden.

Campers say they're heartbroken and praying for the Arnett family.

"You realize how quickly, how short and sweet life can be and how quickly it can be taken away. It's really made me do a lot of thinking today," said Adams.

TWRA also suggests keeping a fire extinguisher on board, as well as choosing a designated boat operator if you decide to drink.
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