TWRA Investigating Boating-Related Drowning At Cove Lake State Park

Friday, September 27, 2013

The TWRA is investigating a drowning that happened at Cove Lake State Park in Campbell County Friday morning.

James Hamblin, 50, from Hamilton, Oh., drowned Friday morning after falling overboard from a small jon-boat around 9 a.m. 

According to Campbell County Wildlife Officer Ken Cutsinger, Mr. Hamblin and Bill Roddy, from LaFollette, Tn, had rented the boat from the park and were fishing at the time of the incident. Mr. Hamblin was standing up when he fell, causing both him and Mr. Roddy to fall overboard. Mr. Roddy was able to swim back to the boat; however, the victim was unable to make it to safety. Mr. Roddy paddled the boat to the road where he flagged down a passing motorist who called for help.

A diver from the LaFollette Rescue Squad recovered Mr. Hamblin’s body about an hour later.

The vessel was equipped with life-jackets; however, neither occupant was wearing one. 

An autopsy has been requested.

 


Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga: Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event Huck Finn Family Paddling Adventure  July 10   Join Outdoor Chattanooga on a  Huck Finn Family Paddling Adventure  on  Fri., July 10  from  5 to 8:30 p.m.  We'll paddle canoe pontoons ... (click for more)

Georgia Is 1 Of 3 State Agencies To Receive Grant through New RBFF Program

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) on Monday announced the recipients of its new State Innovative R3 Program Grants. The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department are the first three states to receive funds through this new grants program to support innovative and sustainable state marketing ... (click for more)

Muslim Advocacy Group Questions House Arrest For Signal Mountain Man Charged In Threats Against Muslim Village In New York

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, on Saturday questioned the release of a Signal Mountain man who admitted to planning what it called "a Charleston-style terror attack" on a Muslim community in New York. CAIR also called for stepped up protection for the community targeted in the plot. Judge ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Dr. Tydings Is A Winner

One week from tomorrow the most important educator in the future of our community will start work as the new president of Chattanooga State. While I am normally cynical of beard-strokers and foundation-hungry dreamers who have little or no concept of the real world, I am convinced Flora Tydings will become the best thing to happen in our community in years. A grandmother with ... (click for more)