|Published: 10:29 AM, 06/17/2013
||Last updated: 10:29 AM, 06/17/2013
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Three Madisonville residents were
injured after their boat overturned below Fort Loudoun Dam in Loudon
County on Tuesday.
TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources
Agency) officials said that approximately 9:02 p.m. Tuesday night,
Dustin Hooper, 38, Madisonville, along with Brandy Runyon, 36, and
Bralynn Runyon, 5, were fishing when turbulence below the dam began
to pull their boat closer to the water, spilling water over the top.
Hooper attempted to start the boat and
pull away from the dam but it failed to start and was pulled into the
spillway, where it overturned.
The three were thrown into the water
and forced under by the turbulence. When they surfaced, nearby
fishermen were able to pull them from the water.
All three individuals were wearing
personal flotation devices and escaped with very minor injuries. Both
Bralynn and Brandy Runyon were transported to Fort Loudoun Medical
Center, where they were treated and released.
TWRA officials warn that when water is
being released, the waters below the dam are very turbulent and
fishermen and other entering the area should proceed with extreme
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