Weekend fun leads to lake fatality

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By Natasha LaFayette

While many people enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend, one group of visitors was met with tragedy after a night of drinking on Norris Lake.

A large houseboat with about 14 occupants woke on Sunday to find Aaron Clem, 25, Dayton, Ohio, had died, said Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Jimmy Jeffries.

“The preliminary investigation shows he (Clem) may have died from alcohol toxicity,” said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

The rented houseboat was anchored on the lake near the old Rainbow Marina area on Saturday, said Jeffries. Occupants of the boat reported the group was drinking heavily that evening and Clem was last seen around 1:30 a.m., said Jeffries. Early Sunday morning the group found Clem had met an untimely end, said Perkins.

“When they woke up that morning, he was unresponsive,” said Jeffries.

The Campbell County Rescue Squad boated the body ashore to be transferred to UT Medical Center for autopsy, said Perkins.

The family has been notified and Clem will be transferred to Ohio for burial.