Maryville man dies in canoe accident on Tellico Lake

Maryville man dies in canoe accident on Tellico Lake


MARYVILLE (WATE) - Wildlife officials are investigating a boating accident that claimed the life of a Maryville man.

The incident happened around 5:00 p.m. Sunday on Tellico Lake near the Harrison Branch Recreation Area.

Officers from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency say Eric Morgan, 21 of Rockford, James Parker, 22 of Louisville and Edward Russell, 25 of Maryville were fishing from a canoe when their canoe overturned, sending all three into the water. 

Morgan stayed with the swamped canoe while Parker and Russell attempted to swim to shore. 

Morgan was rescued by a passing boat and transported to Blount Memorial Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released. 

Parker reached shore safely and did not receive medical treatment. 

According to witnesses, as Russell was swimming, he went under the water and did not resurface. 

Rescue crews recovered Russell's body at 12:30 early Monday morning.

Multiple agencies assisted with the rescue and recovery including the Blount County Sheriff's Office, the Blount County Fire Department, the Blount County Rescue Squad, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Monroe County Rescue Squad, and the Rural Metro Ambulance Service.

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