Angler Dies In Clinch River Boating Accident

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

A fisherman is dead after an early Monday morning boating accident on the Clinch River in Claiborne County.

Claiborne County Wildlife Officer Michael Cavins reports that Timothy Clark Byrn, 75, of White Springs Florida, died in the single vessel incident that occurred on the Clinch River at a railroad bridge upstream of Big Sycamore Creek. 

Witnesses say Mr. Byrn left Lone Mountain Marina in an aluminum Bass Tracker boat around 8 a.m.

and headed towards the main channel.  A worker for Norfolk Southern railroad discovered the victim's body in the water at the railroad bridge around 10:45 a.m. and called 911.   

Officer Cavins said it appears that the boat struck an old concrete railroad bridge support that was exposed about one foot out of the water but was marked with a hazard buoy.  The boat then struck another concrete bridge support causing it to capsize and eject Mr. Byrn, who was not wearing a personal flotation device, into the water.

The incident remains under investigation.

TWRA offers prayers and condolences for the victim's family.


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