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Bluff City man ejected from boat, injured by propeller

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South Holston Lake. USDA photo. South Holston Lake. USDA photo.
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BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) -

A Bluff City man is recovering after a boating accident on South Holston Lake Wednesday evening.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, 21 year old Douglas Vance was a passenger onboard an 18 foot bass boat when he fell overboard and was struck by the boat's propeller.

The boat was nearing the "No Wake" zone at Laurel Marina when the incident occurred.

The TWRA says, the driver of the boat and another passenger got Vance out of the water and took him to the marina where his injuries were treated.

Vance was then taken by ambulance to Bristol Regional Medical Center where he is being treated for non life-threatening injuries to his upper body and head.

Vance was reportedly not wearing a life jacket.

"As the boating season approaches, the TWRA reminds boaters that in order to reduce the possibility of an ejection, stay seated while the boat is traveling and always wear a life jacket," said TWRA Officer David Carpenter.

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