North Georgia Man Dies in Boating Accident

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A deadly boating accident killed a man on Cherokee Lake Wednesday night around 10:30 pm. (Contributed Photo)

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn.—A North Georgia man was killed in a boating accident on Cherokee Lake in Hawkins County, Tenn. Wednesday night.

Investigators with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said it was well after dark, about 10:30 pm, when the 70-year-old man from Rome, Ga. ran into a partially submerged silo  just upstream of the TWRA Quarryville Boat Access Area. When TVA flooded various Tennessee reservoirs many structures were torn down and removed. In some cases, however, structures were left standing. The silo can be scene in this Google Maps imagery.

TVA spokesperson Travis Brickey said, “Along with TWRA, we promote the safe operation of water craft on TVA managed lakes and rivers. Unfortunately, we are unable to mark every potential hazard on the lakes both above and below the surface. It’s important for operators to be aware of their surroundings, especially at night. We are going to review that area and see if hazard buoys would help.”

Investigators said the victim, who’s identity has not been released, apparently been fishing before the accident occurred.

TWRA continues to investigate and said the man’s name would be released after all of the the man’s next-of-kin had been notified.

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