Capsized Boat in Tennessee River Sparks Concern
Knoxville, TN (December 19, 2020) The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency asked for the public’s help on December 19th after an overturned boat was discovered in the Tennessee River north of Knoxville. The request comes after a motorist who was crossing the South Knoxville Bridge saw the capsized boat and called 911. The vessel was a canoe-type boat equipped with an electric motor. Gear associated with duck hunting was also found at the scene. Rescue workers then searched the banks as well as the ramps of the French Broad, Holston, and Tennessee rivers but did not locate a person or vehicle associated with the overturned vessel. The owner of the boat was later found and stated that he and a friend had overturned around the boat and had not yet returned to look for the vessel.
The Statista site reports that 613 people died and 2,559 individuals were injured as a result of boating accidents that occurred in 2019. While this statistic is lower than it once was, each year a large number of people still have their lives changed as a result of boating accidents.
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