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UPDATE: No life jackets in deadly boating accident

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MEIGS COUNTY, TN - Update: One man is dead and another injured in Meigs County after a boating accident Thursday afternoon.

Wildlife officers said it appears the men were not wearing life jackets when their boat flipped near the Hornsby Hollow Campground.

"With the wind like it is today, even a small boat could capsize," said Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Spokesman Dan Hicks.

TWRA Spokesperson Dan Hicks said the two men were fishing. Witnesses along the shoreline said they heard a strange sound around 1:30 at Watts Bar Lake.

"They heard the sound of a prop come out of the water, real loud buzzing sound, and looked and saw a boat in the air, flipping over," said Hicks. "I think they were probably accelerating out of the cove where they'd been fishing to go back to the dock, go back to the boat, whatever. The wind probably caught the boat right before the witnesses saw it," said Hicks.

The witnesses jumped in the water to help but it was too late, Hicks said.

The victim was identified as a 70-year-old man from Ohio. The other man, a 67 year old from Spring City, was rescued and taken to Rhea County Medical Center.

"We probably have a situation where these guys weren't wearing their life jackets. That's very important this time of year," said Hicks.
Hicks said the number one cause of death on watercraft is falling overboard while not wearing a lifejacket or floatation device of some kind.

PREVIOUS STORY: TWRA spokesperson has confirmed to Channel 3 a water accident on Watts Bar Lake near the Hornsby Hollow Campground.  The call came in around 1:30 Thursday afternoon.

As of right now, one person is dead and another is injured. The spokesperson tells us that it involves only one water craft.  

TWRA and Meigs County are on the scene. We'll bring you more information as it is released.

Stay with Channel 3 and WRCBtv.com for more on this developing story.

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