Two boating accidents on the Holston River and Cherokee Lake in Hawkins County resulted in the disappearance of one man and one death.
Holston River Death
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency began investigating a fatal boating accident on the Holston River near Christian’s Bend Boating Ramp Wednesday afternoon.
Around 5 p.m., officers located an unoccupied aluminum boat filled with personal effects. According to authorities, the boat does not appear to have been involved in a collision.
Shortly after, the body of a 51-year-old white man was found 200 meters upriver from the location of the boat.
The victim has been identified as Dennis Wayne Jenkins, 51, of Ridgefields Road in Kingsport.
He was not wearing a life jacket, investigators said.
Jenkins’ body was taken to Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City for an autopsy.
The Hawkins County Rescue Team is asking the public for information on a man who was last seen on a raft near the Quarryville boat launch in Mooresburg on Wednesday night.
The rescue team went to a call at Cherokee Lake near the Quarryville boat launch around 7:25 p.m.
Response units learned that people had seen a lone man on an inflatable raft in the water. Shortly after, first responders located the raft floating in the water.
The man was nowhere in sight.
Members of the Hawkins County Rescue Team, Morristown Emergency and Rescue Team, Tennessee Wildlife Agency, Hawkins County EMS and the County Sheriff’s Office Hawkins County participated in the search efforts.
Rescuers searched near the man’s last sighting and used sonar and other search methods.
At approximately 11:46 p.m. Wednesday, search efforts were suspended and no further searches are planned at this time.
The missing man is described as a gray-haired white man who appeared to be in his 50s. He was last seen between noon and 6 p.m.
According to the Hawkins County Rescue Squad, the raft that was recovered was bluish in color.