Crews have continued searching today for Theresa Parker of Hamilton County. Parker was one of three whose boat capsized while canoeing near shore on Chickamauga Reservoir near the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.
Calls of an overturned boat with three boaters in the water came in around 5:30 p.m. yesterday. Responding crews found one man on shore and boat crews found one woman along the bank. Both were transported to CHI Memorial Hospital in Hixson suffering from cold water immersion symptoms.
Harsh weather including water temperatures around 47 degrees and 10-15 mph winds along with a strong water current have made search and recovery efforts difficult. Crews resumed searching this morning around 7:30 a.m. Eastern. Crews have used sonar and a remote operated vehicle to search a 100-yard stretch of water with depths ranging from 35 to 50 feet. The canoe was recovered this afternoon. The boaters were not wearing life jackets.
Responding crews include Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County EMS, Highway 58 Fire Department, Hamilton County Emergency Services, Dallas Bay Fire Department and Harrison Bay State Park.