30 year old man dies in Cherokee Lake

TWRA Captain George Birdwell talks with local rescue workers after recovery has been made on Cherokee Lake.(Photo:TWRA)

Swimmer dies near Bean Station, Tennessee

September 2, 2017

Bean Station, TN —  The body of a 30-year-old Michigan man has been found on Saturday, September 2, from Cherokee Lake near Bean Station following recovery efforts by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and other local county and city rescue personnel.

Andrew Ehrman of Plymouth, Michigan went missing Friday evening after he and several friends aboard a pontoon boat decided to go swimming.

“The friends decided to stop for a swim and soon after entering the water it became apparent that the high winds were creating an unsafe environment for swimming,” said Sergeant Roy Smith “The four individuals in the water decided it would be best to swim back to the boat and get out of the rough conditions.”

It appears the pontoon drifted away from the swimmers while the four were attempting to make their way back to the vessel and the boat operator attempted to get closer to them.

“Three of the swimmers were able to climb back on board, but unfortunately Mr. Ehrman could not get back and disappeared below the surface,” explained Sgt. Smith.

Alcohol does not appear to have played a role in this accident; however, Sgt. Smith would like to remind everyone to always wear a life jacket.

There have been no charges filed in this case, and the investigation is ongoing, according to TWRA.

“We had great help from local rescue and recovery personnel and first responders,” said Sgt. Smith. “It is sad to see family and friends waiting for closure, and we were able to begin that process quickly, thanks to so many people who gave their time to help find Mr. Ehrman.”

Labor Day is the “unofficial” end of the boating season, but in reality lots of boating is ahead. We urge that you please be safe as waters are always dangerous, but especially after heavy rain or anytime winds are high. This is Labor Day weekend and many boaters will be out. Please wear your life jackets and go home safe



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