UPDATE: Crews recovered the body of the missing boater at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to Mime Barnes, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Wildlife Resou
UPDATE: Crews recovered the body of the missing boater at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to Mime Barnes, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
Barnes says the still-unidentified victim and two other men left the Harrison Bay State Park boat ramp by canoe for Patten Island.
The boat overturned, leaving all 3 men in the water. Barnes says none of them were wearing life jackets.
Two of the men were able to swim to the island, where they built a fire to keep warm.
Someone fishing nearby heard their cries for help, and crews were on the scene by 2:30 a.m.
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Remote Operated Vehicle located the victim’s body in seven feet of water.
Barnes says this is Tennessee’s 26th boating fatality of the year.
A boater is missing at Harrison Bay State Park in Hamilton County, and a search is now underway Tuesday morning.
The TWRA told us that three people got on a canoe heading to Patten Island.
At some point, officials say their canoe overturned.
The TWRA says two of the boaters were able to make it safely back to shore, but one of them did not.