One Angler Dead, Another Injured after Fishing Accident

Tennessee Valley Authority

We have some tough news to report on this Memorial Day weekend. One angler is dead and another is injured after a fishing boat went over the Fort Loudon Dam spillway in Tennessee on Sunday morning. 

50-year-old David Morris and 39-year-old Michael Hopkins were enjoying a fishing trip below the Fort Loudon Dam Sunday morning. When they tried to start their outboard motor, it failed to crank. As a result, the boat was pulled into the spillway killing Morris and injuring Hopkins. The body of Morris was promptly recovered less than a mile downstream. Bystanders were able to save Hopkins, who was treated at an area hospital and released. 

Both anglers were wearing life jackets when the accident occurred.