Fatality on Watts Bar Lake Sunday

Crossville, TN (WDEF): A man died after he and two other men attempted to swim to shore after their boat overturned.

Just before 3:30 p.m. on Watts Bar Lake near Sand Island, a TWRA Officer and bystanders pulled three adult males from the water, one of which was unresponsive.

The three men left out from a nearby campground in a canoe all in life jackets.

Winds were at 15 to 20 mph and waves were white capping.

The men were attempting to swim to shore after their canoe overturned in water depths between 40 and 50 feet.

Two of the men were hypothermic and treated on scene as the water temperature was 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

The third man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meigs County Fire and Rescue, Meigs County EMS, Meigs County Sherriff’s Office and Rhea County EMS responded to the scene.

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