Identity of Holston River boating incident victim released

Published 10:14 am Thursday, June 23, 2022

SURGOINSVILLE – The identity of a man who died in yesterday’s boating incident on the Holston River is being released.

Dennis Wayne Jenkins, (51), of Ridgefields Rd. in Kingsport, was found dead in the Holston River following a boating incident that occurred near Christian’s Bend boat ramp.

Around 5 p.m., an unoccupied aluminum boat with personal belongings onboard was found near the boat ramp at Christian’s Bend.  Officers say the boat didn’t appear to have been involved in a collision.  Rescue crews responded and located Mr. Jenkins’ body face down in the water about two hundred yards upstream from the boat.  He was not wearing a lifejacket.

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Rescue crews recovered Mr. Jenkins’ body and it has been taken to Quillen College of Medicine for an autopsy.