- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Wildlife officials say two people have drowned during activities related to the Independence Day holiday weekend in east Tennessee.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/29e31Wi ), the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says 34-year-old Jereme Peltier, of Knoxville, died after he fell from a boat in the Prater Flats area of Fort Loudoun Lake. Several boats were rafted together, and witnesses began checking the boats and accounting for people when they heard a splash.

The agency says 19-year-old William E. Blasius died after jumping from the top of a houseboat near Sequoyah Marina on Norris Lake. Witnesses told the wildlife agency that he was trying to jump over another boat, and he hit that boat before drowning.

Authorities also rescued a family of eight who were lost on Chilhowee Mountain.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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