East Tennessee fisherman dies in Cherokee Lake boating accident

Published 12:48 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2023

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MORRISTOWN – An east Tennessee fisherman is dead after falling into Cherokee Lake near Kidwell’s Ridge Access Area Saturday morning.
TWRA wildlife officers say that around 7:54 a.m., Jeremy Gene Keen, 47, of Morristown, and his 14-year-old son were trolling in an aluminum Jon boat when Mr. Keen fell into the water.  The son entered the water and was able to hang onto his father as the boat continued to make circles.  A nearby fisherman saw the incident and pulled both anglers from the water, but unfortunately, Mr. Keen did not survive.
TWRA wildlife officers arrived on the scene and were able to stop the boat.
Neither fisherman was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.
The son was taken to Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and is being treated for cold-water exposure.
Wildlife officers say that the water temperature in that part of the lake is about 36 degrees Fahrenheit and encourage boaters, anglers, or anyone near the water to wear a personal flotation device.  Even when wearing a PFD, a victim falling into cold water may lose their ability to keep their head above the water.  Please use extreme caution, dress appropriately, and never boat or fish alone.
TWRA offers prayers and condolences for Mr. Keen’s son and their family.

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