Identity released of victim in fatal lake incident


Photo courtesy of TWRA TWRA Boating Accident Investigators Matt Majors and George Birdwell, along with Officer Clint Smith, utilize a Remote Operated Vehicle to locate the body of Roman Weaver who died in a boating incident on Norris Lake Sunday.

The identity of the man killed in Sunday’s fatal boating incident on Norris Lake has been released, according to a release from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA).

Investigators say that Roman Martin Weaver, 29, of Jonesville, Virginia, was killed after falling from an inner tube being towed behind a rented pontoon boat being operated by Blake Oliver, 28, also of Jonesville.

According to investigators, Weaver fell from the inner tube around 1:30 p.m. and could not be located by Oliver or bystanders who rendered aid.

TWRA and rescue crews from Union County and Paulette Rescue Squads recovered Weaver’s body Sunday evening at about 8:05 p.m. in 60 feet of water by utilizing a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV).

State boating laws require anyone being towed on an inner tube, skis, wakeboard, or similar device to wear a USCG approved and properly fitted life jacket and that there be an observer onboard to watch the person being towed.

The incident remains under investigation by the TWRA.

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