TWRA identifies man who died in Douglas Lake boating accident Saturday

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UPDATE (4/25/2021) — TWRA confirmed the boating accident victim to be Billy Ray Martin, 65, of Pikeville, Kentucky.

According to the release, Billy Ray Martin and Brandon Martin, 30, were fishing with a bass club that launched out of Walter’s Bridge Access Area earlier Saturday morning.

At 9:30 a.m., Billy Ray Martin was operating a Bass Cat boat that collided with a Stratos bass boat operated by Chris Sexton, 39, of Corryton, Tennessee.

Sexton and a juvenile male were fishing a bass tournament on the Morristown Marine Team Trail.

All four occupants were ejected into the water as a result of the collision, and all were wearing life jackets.

Billy Ray Martin died at the scene, and Brandon Martin was transported to UT Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Life jackets were definitely a factor in saving several lives in this accident.  When someone is in the water without a life jacket on there is always a possibility of drowning but when you add other factors such as cold water/air and extra clothing to protect from the elements, it makes survivability that much harder.  Also, impacting the water at any rate of speed can increase the possibility of being knocked unconscious. That’s why the use of life jackets is always important.

Jefferson County Boating Officer Chase Rich

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) — Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports one person is dead, another hospitalized with serious injuries after two boats collided on Douglas Lake Saturday morning.

According to the TWRA, at around 9:30 a.m. two bass boats collided on the lake near Anchor Down campground.

One of the boats was participating in a bass tournament, and the other, the TWRA isn’t sure if it was participating or not.

One person died due to this crash, and another is being treated at UT Hospital for serious injuries. Both of these occupants were in one of the boats while both occupants from the other boat are uninjured.

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