SECOND UPDATE, APRIL 26-- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency tonight identified the victims as Casey Cox, 32, and Michael Ray Terry, 69, both of Chester County, Tennessee. TWRA said in a statement that it is believed the accident occurred around 11 a.m., "but it was awhile before the flat-bottom style aluminum boat was noticed and rescue workers/TWRA notified."
The boat was sucked through the spillway portion of the dam on the lake side. The tailwater was spilling, generators were running and there was "lots of turbulent water," TWRA said.
The bodies were recovered several miles downstream.
UPDATE, APRIL 26-- Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin said tonight that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the boat and its fishermen occupants were swept over the spillway. The fatal incident was recorded on a security camera at the dam.
APRIL 26– Two died today when a boat capsized at about 1 p.m. on the swift-flowing Tennessee River just downstream of Pickwick Dam.
Initial reports are that TVA notified Hardin County E911 of the capsized boat, and a boater called 911 to report it was near the former Botel restaurant around 10 minutes later.
Reports the boat passed through the spillway at the dam are unconfirmed.
Both the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Hardin County Fire Department had several rescue boats in the water. Hardin County Sheriff Sammy Davidson said at about 4 pm. that TWRA was heading the recovery, and that at this time they were considering the incident a “boating accident.”
APRIL 26– Karl Dean, former Nashville mayor and a Democratic candidate for governor of Tennessee in the 2018 election visited Savannah this morning.
He arrived at the Farmers Market at the Hardin County Courthouse around 10 a.m., and spent time talking with courthouse employees and others.
Asked what he believes are the biggest challenges facing Tennessee in the next decade, Dean said, “There are two things. The priority is public education. Every child in Tennessee needs an education to help them compete in the 21st century. They also need the opportunity to attend college or, according to their choice, technical schools.
APRIL 21-- The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department announced it is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for its annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone campaign.
This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events and checkpoints throughout communities across Tennessee.
The SAFE campaign began Feb. 1 and concludes on Aug. 1.
According to the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, last year’s campaign resulted in 1,717 child restraint violations, 21,562 seatbelt citations, and 723 other seatbelt enforcement activities.