Landon W. Campbell Identified As Fisherman Killed Saturday Night In Boating Accident

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The TWRA has released the identity of a fisherman from Roane Mtn. who was killed Saturday night after his boat collided with an island on Watauga Lake just upstream of Fish Springs Marina.

Members of the Carter County Rescue Squad recovered the body of Landon W. Campbell of Perkins Hollow Road, Roane Mountain from the lake at approximately 5:12 p.m. on Sunday, by use of an underwater remote operated vehicle. Mr. Campbell was 61.

TWRA officers were notified on Sunday morning about an unoccupied bass boat that was found by a fisherman around 10 a.m. Another witness in a nearby sailboat reported that they had noticed the unoccupied bass boat in the same area on Saturday night around 10 p.m. and that the vessel was displaying its navigation lights.

Mr. Campbell had apparently launched his 1989 16-foot Javelin bass boat on Saturday from Rat Branch boat ramp several miles downstream of the accident scene. Officers located the truck and empty trailer and notified the then-missing fishermen’s family, who informed them that he suffered from several medical conditions.

District 42 Boating Officer Matt Swecker is leading the investigation and autopsy results are pending.


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