Two minors seriously injured in Fort Loudon Lake boat-water tube accident

Both patients were taken to the hospital with “serious injuries,” officials added.
Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 2:23 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2022 at 5:28 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knox County Rescue and Rural Metro Fire performed a water rescue in the Holder Branch area of Fort Loudon Lake Monday. The rescue was in response to a crash between a boat and two minor water tubers, officials with Rural Metro told WVLT News.

“The two patients were tubing and collided with a boat, the scene has been turned over to TWRA,” KCR officials said.

Frank Talo, 49, was operating a boat that was towing a water tube with two kids on board, according to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency spokesperson Matthew Cameron. The kids’ water tube was reportedly slung into the side of an anchored pontoon boat.

One of the kids was knocked unconscious in the incident, but TWRA officials said both kids were wearing life jackets and were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with “serious injuries.”

The incident is still under investigation, according to TWRA officials.

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