TWRA Patrolling Lakes In Wake Of July 4th Drowning Deaths

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TWRA Patrolling Lakes In Wake Of July 4th Drowning Deaths

CREATED Jul 5, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Officers with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency were in full force Saturday, patrolling lakes after three people drowned on the Fourth of July.

On Friday, 27-year-old Regan Jewett, of Nashville, drowned on Old Hickory Lake after a jetski rolled over on top of him. Officials said he was not wearing a life jacket.

In Marshall County, two men drowned after they went missing while swimming in the Duck River at Henry Horton State Park. Neither of their identities has been released.

Now, as the Fourth of July holiday weekend continues, the TWRA has remained vigilant in an effort to hopefully prevent anymore drowning deaths.

NewsChannel 5’s Jennifer Reyes rode along with TWRA Officials Saturday afternoon, as they patrolled Percy Priest Lake. One thing officers looked for was the number of life jackets on each boat.

Officer Eric Anderson said they also look for other violations, including drivers that are impaired or boaters who are riding in a way that poses a threat to themselves or other people.

"The main thing I try to do is make sure they've got their jacket on when they're moving, when we're moving, and when they're in the water, absolutely, because we know there's been some drownings even this weekend," said boater Harrison Whitehead. 

The TWRA said it can’t force people to wear life jackets in the water but they hope in light of Friday’s deaths, boaters will take the warnings seriously. 

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