Pikeville man killed in Tennessee boating accident

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating a fatal boating accident that killed a 65-year-old Pikeville, Ky., man Saturday on Douglas Lake near Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

According to the TWRA, Billy Martin died in the collision between two boats and another is hospitalized after two bass boats collided near Anchor Down campground Saturday morning around 9:30 a.m.

According to the TWRA, Billy Martin and 30-year-old Brandon Martin were fishing with a bass club that was launched out of Walter’s Bridge Access Area early Saturday morning.

Around 9:30 a.m., officials say Billy was operating a Bass Cat bass boat that collided with a Stratos bass boat being operated by 39-year-old Chris Sexton, of Corryton, Tenn.

Officials say Sexton and a young boy were fishing a bass tournament on the Morristown Marine Team Trail out of the Dandridge Access Area.

During the collision, all four occupants were wearing life jackets and ejected into the water.

The occupants were recovered by other bass fishermen and taken to the Anchor Down campground. According to the TWRA, Billy was pronounced dead at the scene and Brandon was transported to UT Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

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