Tennessee Man Dies In Canoe Accident

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Tennessee Man Dies In Canoe Accident

Postby Todd » Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:46 pm

Maryville man's body recovered from Tellico Lake after canoe capsizes

By Don Jacobs
Posted March 18, 2013 at 10:04 a.m.

Authorities this morning recovered the body of a 25-year-old Maryville man after a canoe carrying him and two others capsized on Tellico Lake.

A multitude of agencies converged Sunday afternoon on the Harrison Branch of Tellico Lake to search for the body of Edward Russell, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Using sonar, divers located Russell’s body about 12:30 a.m. in 15-17 feet of water about 100 yards from where the canoe overturned, said TWRA Officer Jeff Roberson.

Roberson said he was unsure if any of the trio on the canoe had personal flotation devices, but it appears Russell did not.

Russell, Eric Morgan, 21, of Rockford and James Parker, 22, of Louisville had been fishing on the lake for about 30-45 minutes when the canoe capsized about 5 p.m., Roberson said. His investigation will include reviewing how much a factor high winds played in overturning the canoe.

When the canoe capsized, Morgan opted to stay with the canoe and he was subsequently rescued by a passing boater. Morgan was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released, according to TWRA.

Parker and Russell tried to swim to shore in a section of water where the lake is wide, Roberson said.

Parker reached shore and refused any medical treatment, Roberson said.

Witnesses said Russell was swimming but then went under water and did not surface.

Roberson said there was no initial indication of alcohol abuse involved in the accident.

Roberson said an autopsy will be performed on Russell’s body.

In addition to the TWRA, other agencies involved in the rescue effort and recovery of Russell’s body were the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Rural/Metro Ambulance Service, the Blount County Fire Department, the Blount County Rescue Squad and the Monroe County Rescue Squad.

More details as they develop online and in Tuesday’s News Sentinel.

Source: www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/mar/18/maryv ... lico-lake/
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