TWRA: 2 deadly waterway incidents include Watts Bar drowning

The 19 year old who drowned was an athlete at Rhea County High

NASHVILLE (WDEF) – The TWRA reports two fatal incidents over the holiday weekend on Tennessee waterways.

One was the drowning on Watts Bar Lake.

19 year old Madison Taylor jumped in the water from a boat but never resurfaced.

The young woman was a multi-sport athlete at Rhea County High School and sister of American Idol contestant Drake McCain Taylor.

The other fatality came from a collision between a pontoon boat and a personal watercraft on South Holson Lake near Bristol.

A female passenger on the jet ski was killed and the male operator was seriously injured.

Two other water incidents injured two more people across the state.

12 people have died so far this year on Tennessee waterways.

TWRA reports it was a busy weekend, but that gas prices did seem to have an affect.

“With fuel prices higher than in the past, we saw a number of boats anchored out in coves or rafted up together,” said TWRA Boating Investigator, Capt. Matt Majors. “The amount of just running up and down the lake seemed to be less, although the popular lakes and rivers were still very busy with many calls for service for wildlife officers. Our wildlife officers did see a number of designated operators but also made many arrests for boating under the influence around the state.”

Their agents arrested 25 people for BUI.

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