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One Angler Dead, Another Injured after Fishing Accident

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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. 

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