Deadly Boating Accident on Tennessee River Under Investigation
LENIOR, Tenn. (WDEF) – The TWRA is investigating a fatal boating accident that killed one person in the Tennessee River below Ft. Loudoun Dam Saturday morning.
Officials say 3 men went overboard into “treacherous waters.”
Two of the victims have been taken to the hospital and one has been confirmed dead. His identity has not been released.
It happened sometime after 10:00 a.m. when a 22-foot fishing boat carrying three men from North Carolina overturned after it was pulled into water from the dam.
Witnesses say that the boat appeared to be attempting to reach an area towards the middle of the dam where only one floodgate out of eleven was not spilling water.
Officials say they are told as the boat got too close, it was pulled into the falling water and forced under sending all three occupants overboard.
The TWRA says several nearby fishermen saw the incident and were able to retrieve all three men into their boats.
At this time, officials believe all three fishermen were wearing personal floatation devices but because of the force of the water, some of the PFDs were torn off in the incident.
Matthew Cameron, TWRA spokesperson, says “Due to recent heavy rainfall, many of Tennessee’s waterways are very treacherous with high volumes of flowing water. Please exercise extreme caution when boating in moving water, especially where water is being discharged from floodgates and spillways.”