A spokesperson for the TWRA said that there were two men on board the boat. One is dead and the other has been taken to Fort Loudoun Medical Center. The TWRA identified the man who died as Albert Watkins, 68, of Seymour.
The men were fishing Tuesday morning when their boat was pulled into the dam’s spillway and capsized, sending both into the water. TWRA said that one was quickly rescued by another angler on a different boat. The second man, later identified as Watkins, was recovered by workers at the dam and did not survive. TWRA said both were wearing life jackets.
The boat was recovered and taken for analysis by wildlife officers. TWRA said that the incident remains under investigation.
The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office assisted the TWRA with the water rescue. This is the 24 boating fatality in 2023. According to TWRA, there were 29 in 2022.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with additional information.