BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. The man who drowned at Louisville Marina in Blount County was identified Wednesday night as 48 year-old Jeffrey Lynn Smith of Louisville.
Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Louisville Marina on Louisville Road at around 1 p.m. to look for a man who was last seen Tuesday night on board a boat anchored at the marina.
Family and friends tried to find Jeffrey Smith this morning, but they were unable to contact him. BSORT (Blount Special Operations Response Team) and agents with TWRA responded to the scene.
Using a VideoRay Remote Operated Vehicle brought in from Chattanooga, TWRA Investigator Matt Majors located Smith in eight feet of water near the dock. A BSORT diver recovered Smith’s body a shortly before 4 p.m.
The drowning appears accidental, and no foul play is suspected.
The VideoRay Remote Operated Vehicle is a new piece of underwater equipment obtained by TWRA last spring. To date, they have made five recoveries with the ROV.