One killed in Dale Hollow boating accident
y: Al Gibson,
CLINTON COUNTY NEWS
An end of the summer houseboating vacation came to a tragic ending over the Labor Day weekend when a small runabout boat ran aground on Dale Hollow Lake near Wolf River Marina early Saturday morning, killing one of the seven aboard.
According to Matt Majors, an investigator for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency who assisted in the investigation, the victim was a 22 year-old woman from Westerfield, Indiana.
Kathryn Traynor, 22, was killed in the early morning accident when the boat overturned onto her. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pickett County Coroner Tommy Fryar. The victim was reportedly a student at Purdue University.
The runabout involved in the accident was an inboard engine vessel and was registered as an Ohio boat.
Majors told the Clinton County News that the investigation into the accident was continuing, and at this time, they were still trying to make a determination as to which of the other six occupants was actually operating the boat at the time of the accident.
He also said that as of Tuesday morning of this week, all of the accident survivors had been treated and released from area hospitals for their injuries with the possible exception of one injured victim who was scheduled to undergo additional surgery at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Majors said that according to his information, all of the surviving passengers were expected to make full recoveries.
The accident occurred about a mile west of Wolf River Marina, just a few hundred yards across the Kentucky and Tennessee state line, in neighboring Pickett County, Tennessee.
The group was staying on a rental houseboat out of Wisdom Dock, and were apparently looking for the houseboat after going out on a late-night ride. The accident occurred at about 2:00 a.m. Saturday.
The location of the accident was in an undeveloped area of the lake, and on the opposite side of the lake from where several vacation cabins are located.
A resident of one of those cabins, Peggy Carroll, alerted authorities with a call to 9-1-1 when she heard a young woman involved in the accident yelling for help at the accident site. At about the same time, she also heard two other members of the accident party from the water near their home, as they were attempting to swim across the lake in an effort to get help, and she alerted her husband, Tom, who was also asleep in their cabin.
Tom Carroll used his boat to retrieve the two swimmers from the lake, and begin lending assistance to the accident victim as well as transporting emergency crews from Wolf River Dock to the accident scene.
The 9-1-1 call went in to the Clinton County Dispatch Center, and Clinton County EMS crews, along with Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife Resources Officer Wayne Glover who responded to the scene.
Moments later, a rescue crew from the Albany Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the accident scene with emergency rescue equipment.
Once at the scene of the accident, Glover determined that the accident had actually occurred in Tennessee, and authorities from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency were called to the scene to handle the investigation into the accident. Also working the investigation was a Pickett County Sheriff Dana Dowdy and Pickett County Deputy Jerry Governale.
The victim was the only member of the group that was not thrown clear of the boat when it hit the bank, before overturning.
Several crews gathered at the accident scene early Saturday morning as the investigation continued, and later that afternoon, members of the Albany Fire Department, the TWRA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with the assistance of the Trooper Island Camp Director Sgt. Craig Sutton and the Trooper Island transport barge, were able to turn the vessel over and it was later removed from the area by authorities.