Four Die in Holiday Boating Accidents

One death reporting on Chickamauga Lake

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Rescue officials work to recover a body following a deadly boating accident on Cherokee Lake. (Image: TWRA)

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports that four people died in boating-related accidents over the 2017 Labor Day holiday period from Sept. 1-4, including one death on Chickamauga Lake.

The other fatal accidents occurred on Cherokee Lake and Kentucky Lake. TWRA is continuing investigation of the incidents.

TWRA boating officers made four boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. Officers investigated a pair of property damage incidents.

The Labor Day incidents bring the number of fatalities to 14 in 2017. In 2016 there were a total of 22 boating-related deaths in Tennessee. There were 13 in 2015.

In 2016 Chickamauga Lake had more reported boating incidents (14) than any other single lake in Tennessee.

The TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement Division compiled this year’s Labor Day weekend statistics after receiving reports from the agency’s four regions.

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