Investigators identify Douglas Lake drowning victim

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – A man drowned Tuesday evening in Sevier County section of Douglas Lake.

Officials recovered the body Daniel Payne Mills, 20, just after 8 p.m. off Dyke Road. Crews said they received the call around 6 p.m.

A group of young adults was trying to swim across the lake to the other shore, according to investigators. The victim started having trouble and went under. His friends tried saving him but were unable to help and called 911.

Daniel Payne Mills (Facebook)

Crews found the victim’s body 30 feet under water and 20 feet from the shore. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says none of the swimmers were wearing life jackets.

Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Sevier County EMS and the Sevier County Rescue Squad were also at the scene.

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