North Carolina man dies trying to save dog in Tennessee lake

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HAMPTON, TN (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina man has drowned while trying to rescue a dog that had jumped into an east Tennessee lake.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says 52-year-old Eric Jordan was on a boat traveling on Watauga Lake on Friday evening when a dog entered the water.

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Jordan jumped into the water while the boat was still moving to rescue the dog, but Jordan began to struggle.

A bystander on a nearby houseboat entered the water and pulled him onboard.

CPR was administered but Jordan could not be revived.

His body has been taken to Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City for an autopsy.