Man on jet ski dies at Knoxville park

Man on jet ski dies at Knoxville park

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TWRA and Knoxville police examine the jet ski following the incident. TWRA and Knoxville police examine the jet ski following the incident.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A man was taken to the hospital Tuesday evening following an incident involving a jet ski on Fort Loudon Lake. He was later pronounced dead.

According to Sgt. Roy Smith of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Jacob Thompson, 39, was seen in distress while launching his jet ski at Carl Cowan Park.

A couple of bystanders pulled him from the water unconscious and performed CPR until medics arrived.

He was taken to UT Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

TWRA said officials said the incident did not appear to be an electrocution, but they would not make an official determination until the investigation is complete.

An autopsy is being performed to determine his cause of death.

"We had some witness statements that electricity could have been a factor," Sgt. Smith said. "We're doing some tests on the area. We will be in contact with the utility board, as well as we have an engineer en route to test the water and test some of the circuits around the water."

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