UPDATE: Body of missing boater from Norris Lake incident found


NEW TAZEWELL, Tenn. (UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 27) —The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has found the body a missing boater a day after she fell overboard into Norris Lake.

TWRA wildlife officers utilized a remote-operated vehicle to locate the body of Barbara P. Morgan, 73, of Knoxville, just outside the wave break at Rock Harbor development in Claiborne County around noon Friday. TWRA investigators also used the ROV to recover her body from 70 feet of water with assistance from the Claiborne County Rescue Squad. 

Wildlife officers believe the victim fell overboard from a pontoon boat being operated by the victim’s husband, Paul Richard Morgan, 75, also of Knoxville. Paul entered the water and made an unsuccessful rescue attempt when the boat drifted away. 

He was able to swim to a nearby island where he was picked up by a boat that was passing by. Paul Morgan was taken to UT Medical Center and treated for hypothermia. He is expected to be released today.

(WATE) — One man has been hospitalized and a woman had not yet been found following a boating incident Thursday on Norris Lake.

Authorities with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Claiborne County were investigating the boating incident.

The incident occurred near the Rock Harbor development on Norris Lake, according to TWRA spokesman Matt Cameron.

A male occupant was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. His condition was unknown and a female occupant had not been recovered at this time.

Later Thursday night, officials said a rescue squad has ended their efforts for the night.

Two TWRA investigators arrived at the scene late Thursday night after the rescue squad ended efforts and were going to deploy a remote-operated vehicle.


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