59-year-old dies while kayaking in Warren County

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WARREN COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 59-year-old man died in Warren County while kayaking on the Collins River Sunday.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency reported Ernest Wade, of McMinnville, was kayaking with a friend around 8:30 a.m. when he struck a small, overhanging tree.

His friend told investigators he saw Wade flip in his sit-a-top kayak and struggle to swim.

After searching the water for Wade, his friend came ashore and called 911 from a nearby home.

The TWRA and the Warren County Rescue Squad began searching for Wade near the Shellsford Bridge.

His body was recovered around 4 p.m. in an estimated six to eight feet of water.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Warren County EMS and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency assisted in the recovery.

The TWRA said neither Wade nor his friend were wearing personal flotation devices.

“It is always difficult to see the loss of a life. We can’t stress enough the importance of wearing a personal flotation device and checking conditions before heading out. Our thoughts are with Wade’s family,” said TWRA Warren County officer Pete Geesling.

No additional information was released.