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Wednesday, July 9 2014, 10:55 PM EDT
TWRA Reports Two Boating Deaths Over July 4th Holiday
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported two-boating related fatalities over the July 4 holiday weekend. The fatal deadly incidents happened on Old Hickory and Center Hill lakes.

Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency said Stephen R. Morris, 57, of Collierville, drowned on Center Hill near Cove Hollow Marina when he fell off the back of a personal watercraft, that was attached to a houseboat, and never resurfaced.

In the other incident Regan Jewett, 27, of Nashville, was on a foam mat in the water and was trying to climb onto a personal watercraft, when it rolled over on top of him.

A TWRA spokesperson said boating officers made seven boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. Boating officers checked more than 6,600 boats and issued 210 warnings and 319 citations.

Through the July 4th holiday weekend, there have been nine boating-related deaths on Tennessee waterways in 2014 as compared to 14 through the same period last year.

Photo by Tom Wood, courtesy Tennessee Wildlife Officers AssociationTWRA Reports Two Boating Deaths Over July 4th Holiday

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