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Man hit, killed by boat on Tennessee River Sunday identified

Hamilton County dispatchers say a person was hit and killed by a boat Sunday evening in the Tennessee River. (IMAGE: WTVC)

UPDATE:

The TWRA has identified Lee MacLellan as the man who drove the boat which killed 48-year-old Neal Gibson III Sunday.

Depend on us for more details as we learn them.


PREVIOUSLY:

TWRA says a man in his forties died after being hit by a boat in the Tennessee River Sunday. They identify him as Neal Gibson III.

Doug Markham with TWRA says the 48-year-old man was wakeboarding with three others on the Tennessee River.

The TWRA's Matt Majors says Gibson was getting ready to wakeboard from a boat that held a total of four people. They waited for a group of other boaters to pass.

At some point, Majors says Gibson got into the water without anyone else noticing, and when the driver powered up the motor to reposition himself, Gibson was caught in the propeller.

Majors says they do not plan to charge the driver at this point, and says investigators don't believe alcohol was involved, but the driver did get a blood test, as is standard procedure.

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PREVIOUSLY:

Hamilton County dispatchers say a person has been hit by a boat in the Tennessee River.

They say it happened around 6:15 near Harrison Bay Road.

It's not clear how seriously the person is hurt.

NewsChannel 9 has a crew on the way to the scene to gather more details.


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