Two Fatalities on Chickamauga Lake
Crossville, TN (WDEF) – Two fatalities occurred on Chickamauga Lake last evening. The Soddy Daisy Fire Department, Hamilton County Fire Department and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency responded to a 911 call around 7:25 p.m. Fifty-three year old Donna Berger of Soddy Daisy, along with 74 year old Randy Freeney, also of Soddy Daisy, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The victims, part of a larger group containing family members of both the deceased, were boating on Chickamauga Lake, near Sale Creek. The group anchored to enjoy some time swimming. When one of the younger members in their party needed assistance, Berger entered the water to help. Berger then struggled, leading Freeney to enter the water to assist her. Freeney also struggled.
Seeing the difficulty from shore, residents of Lee Pike called 911 and entered the water with life vests to try and assist. Both Berger and Freeney were brought to shore.
Family members were notified at the scene. Neither victim was wearing a personal flotation device. Alcohol was not involved.