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TWRA identifies fatal Holston River boating accident victim

Agents said when they found him, he was not wearing a life jacket.
Agents said when they found him, he was not wearing a life jacket.
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 7:07 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 9:42 AM EDT
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SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A man died Wednesday in the Holston River, according to a release from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. TWRA officials identified the victim as Dennis Wayne Jenkins, 51, of Ridgefields Road in Kingsport.

Agents said the deadly incident happened near Christian’s Bend Wednesday afternoon.

According to the release, around 5 p.m., agents found an “unoccupied aluminum boat with personal belongings” near the boat ramp at Christian’s Bend.

Agents said the boat didn’t appear to have been in a crash. When rescue crews arrived, they found Jenkins’ body, who was face down in the water about 200 yards upstream.

Officials said he was not wearing a life jacket.

TWRA recovered his body, and will perform an autopsy to find out how he died.

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