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Three survive second Hawkins boating accident in two days

STAFF REPORT • May 3, 2020 at 8:19 PM

ROGERSVILLE — For the second day in a row, Hawkins County rescuers responded to a boating accident Sunday, this time involving three passengers of an overturned boat on the Holston River near Rogersville.

According to a Hawkins County Rescue Squad report, all three passengers survived without injury, despite not wearing life jackets.

The HCRS reported that around 6:51 p.m. Sunday a small fishing boat overturned near the Rogersville TVA boat ramp, sending three individuals into the water.

The three individuals were helped to the bank by other boaters in the area.

The HCRS was assisted at the scene by the Church Hill Rescue Squad, Hawkins County EMS, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office, Persia Volunteer Fire Department and TWRA. 

The HCRS asks that all boaters and passengers remember to wear their life jackets. 

On Saturday afternoon, 71-year-old Edward McMillan from Gate City was killed when the boat he was riding in overturned near the Quarryville Boat Ramp near Mooresburg. A juvenile passenger survived.

According to witness statements, the vessel was about 60 yards off the bank when it overturned, sending both occupants into the water.

The juvenile male was able to pull the victim to shore, although he did not survive.

According to the TWRA, neither occupant was wearing a personal flotation device.

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