2 Anglers Die in Pickwick Spillway Accident
April 27, 2017
Pickwick Spillway Accident: Two men died this week after their fishing boat was swept over the spillway at the Lake Pickwick Dam in Tennessee, according to authorities.
The accident happened early Wednesday afternoon.
The Hardin County Fire Department said on Facebook that security cameras confirmed two people were in the aluminum boat as it went over the spillway gates. Their bodies were recovered later downstream.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency identified the men as Casey Cox, 32, and Michael Ray Terry, 69. They were both Chester County residents, according to WBBJ-TV.
The fire department reported Hardin County 911 received a call around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday about an overturned boat seen around a half-mile downriver from the dam.
While responding to the first call, another 911 call came, this one from a fisherman reporting a body in the river.
More from Hardin County Fire's Facebook report:
Hardin County Firefighters responded with 4 boats as well as a boat from TWRA . TVA security cameras at the dam confirmed there were 2 people in the boat as it was swept over the flood spillway gates. After searching about another hour the second body was recovered several miles downriver from the first. The identity of the victims will be released after all family has been notified. Please remember the family during this tragic event.
A TWRA spokesman told the Jackson, Tenn, Sun newspaper that it's unclear what led to the accident. Officers don't believe there were any other people in the boat.
The accident is still under investigation.