An angler whose fishing kayak took on water and swamped spent about 45 minutes in Cherokee Lake Thursday morning before he was plucked from the reservoir by Bean Station Rescue Squad members, according to Dwayne Van Buren, assistant squad chief.
The man, who was in his mid-60s, showed no signs of hypothermia. He was checked out by members of the Grainger County Emergency Medical Service, but he steadfastly declined further medical attention, according to Van Buren, who said privacy rules prevent him from identifying the man.
“He said he’d spent over 100 hours fishing in a kayak,” Van Buren said Thursday afternoon. “He told me he would be out there tomorrow in a different kayak.”
The man was fishing between 300 and 400 yards offshore when the kayak began to founder. The vessel overturned, but remained afloat. The water temperature was about 55 degrees, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Anglers who were fishing on the bank noticed the man was in distress and called 911, according to Van Buren, who said squad members recovered all the man’s fishing gear.
Woman lost in Norris Lake
Around 7 p.m., a woman went overboard from a pontoon boat occupied by a married couple in their 70s on Norris Lake in the vicinity of Rock Harbor development in Claiborne.
The husband entered the water and made an unsuccessful rescue attempt and swam to a nearby island where he was picked up by a boat that was passing by, according to the TWRA.
The man has been taken to UT Medical Center and the wife has not been recovered at this time. The Claiborne County rescue squad ended their search efforts for the night. Two TWRA investigators have arrived on the scene and are deploying a remote operated vehicle to search or the missing victim.
Rescue Squad raising money with to-go dinner
Bean Station Rescue Squad volunteers were available to help save a life Thursday morning. They are asking for support from the community on Saturday, April 4 when they hold their monthly fundraising dinner.
The meal, which will be served from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the rescue squad building at 138 Campbell Drive, will consist of a smoked chicken breast, green beans, coleslaw, a dinner roll and a drink, and the price is just $5. All proceeds will benefit the rescue squad.
Due to concerns involving the coronavirus, all meals will be take-away and squad supporters will not have to leave their vehicles. Squad members will deliver orders of five or more.
To order, call Dwayne Van Buren at 865-310-1322. Orders will also be accepted on the Bean Station Rescue Squad’s Facebook page.