TWRA reports one fatality and several arrests during holiday weekend
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports one person died and nine people were arrested for boating under the influence over the four-day span which included the Independence Day holiday and the annual Operation Dry Water.
The death happened July 4 on Normandy Lake in Coffee County. A 61-year-old man from Huntsville, Alamaba jumped off the back of a ski boat and swam away, but did not return. Individuals attempted to rescue the man. The TWRA was called shortly after noon and the man's body was found that evening.
Operation Dry Water was held July 5-7 and is a national weekend of awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Operation Dry Water is held near Independence Day holiday to give BUI enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season.
Four of this year’s BUI arrests were in East Tennessee. Four arrests were made in West Tennessee and one in Middle Tennessee. There were also four citations issued for reckless operation.