RUTHERFORD CO., Tenn. (WKRN) – The body of a fisherman who fell off the boat when trying to hook a fish has been recovered, according to Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.
TWRA said the accident happened Monday morning just before 11 o’clock. Two men were fishing near the Jefferson Springs Recreation Area on Percy Priest Lake when one of them lost his balance.
TWRA said the second fisherman attempted to rescue Danny Michael Pitts by throwing out a flotation device and turning the boat back around in his direction. Sadly, the victim disappeared underwater.
Investigators said the 56-year-old was not wearing a life jacket at the time.
Multiple agencies responded and Pitts was found by Rutherford County Fire Rescue divers using side-scan sonar.
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