Volume 51, Number 29

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, July 17, 2014

Man dies after boating accident on Dale Hollow

A boating accident on Dale Hollow Lake has claimed the life of an Indiana man.
According to a report, on Monday, July 11th at around 2 a.m. a Wellcraft runabout boat containing five passengers collided with a mud embankment close to Millers Mill, or locally known as old meeting house place.
Luckily, there were fisherman close to the accident who were able to rescue the passengers taking them to nearby Wolf River Marina and placed an emergency call.
Bryon Hartman, 24, of Indiana, was flown from scene to University of Knoxville Medical Center and died the next day from the injuries. Three other passengers were taken to Clinton County Hospital and one of those victims were later flown to University of Kentucky Hospital.
Information and details of the passengers were not available but it was reported that they were vacationing and had a rented houseboat which was close to the area of the accident.
There have been attempts to recover the boat, which sunk at impact and the possible use of salvage bags will help get the boat afloat where it will be transported to the TWRA Regional Office for examination.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency Boat Accident Investigator Matt Majors is investigating the accident and there will be charges presented to the Pickett County Grand Jury concerning the death of Hartman.
Assisting Investigator Majors is TWRA Officer Nick Luper, Officer Johnnie Poston, Officer Doug Lamb and Officer Craig Norris.

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