Boater missing on Old Hickory Lake

Boater missing on Old Hickory Lake (Image 1)

WILSON CO., Tenn. – Rescue crews resumed their search Monday morning for a boater who went missing Sunday evening on Old Hickory Lake in Wilson County.

Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said a bass boat carrying two middle-aged men hit the wake of houseboat around 7:15 p.m. near Cedar Creek Marina.

The impact threw the men from the boat and into the water.  Only one resurfaced.

“Both individuals were thrown.  The houseboat turned around to render aid.  They were able to retrieve one of the individuals out of the water and the other individual popped up for a short period of time, and they lost sight of that individual and we're searching for him now,” TWRA officer Ed Gover told Nashville's News 2.

The TWRA, along with Wilson and Sumner county agencies ended their search late Sunday night.

The search resumed shortly after daybreak.

Gover said he did not believe the second boater was wearing a life jacket.

He said there was no indication alcohol was involved.

“The only contributing factors that we have right now would be not wearing life jackets and possibly overtaking the vessel a little too fast, but we're unsure of that now,” Gover said, adding, “Several of the witnesses said speed didn't seem to be a concern for them, until they were thrown from the boat.”

Additional information was not released.

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