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Angler Perishes in Bass Boat Collision on Kentucky Lake

Sad news to report out of Tennessee this morning on Kentucky Lake.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency responded to a report of a two-boat collision on the West Sandy portion of Kentucky Lake in Henry County at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 10, 2023. The boating incident resulted in one fatality of a 39-year-old man.

TWRA preliminary investigation indicates that a Triton boat and a Javelin boat collided, ejecting all occupants of both boats into the water. Two occupants were able to return to the boats. However, the operator of the Javelin was missing. Several local fishermen responded to the collision to assist the boaters. TWRA used a remote operating vehicle (ROV) to locate and recover the body of TJ Long, a resident of Dresden.

Assisting agencies include Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County EMS, and Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad. This is the fourth boating related fatality on Tennessee waters this year.