Crews recovered the body of missing boater, Theresa Parker of Hamilton County around 2:30 p.m. today. Recovery efforts have been underway since Friday when Parker and two others capsized a canoe.
Parker was one of three whose boat capsized while canoeing near shore on Chickamauga Reservoir near the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant. There were no life jackets aboard the canoe. 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 strong winds along with a strong water current made search and recovery efforts difficult.
Parker’s body will be transported to the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s office. TWRA along with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County STARS Rescue Service, Hamilton County Marine Rescue and Tennessee State Parks have searched through various means including towfish sector scan sonar, bank searches, side scan sonar, remote operated vehicles and drone.