published Friday, June 17th, 2011

Chattanooga: Boater’s body found in Chickamauga Lake

Family members gather Friday near the Chickamauga Dam after learning that the body of Jimmy Hess was located. Hess had been missing since Tuesday.
Family members gather Friday near the Chickamauga Dam after learning that the body of Jimmy Hess was located. Hess had been missing since Tuesday.
Photo by Angela Lewis.

The body of a boater who fell overboard on Tuesday morning has been found in Chickamauga Lake.

Jimmy Martin Hess, 37, disappeared after falling into the lake about 4 a.m. The three remaining people on the sailboat told police they searched for him for an hour before they called 911.

There were reports that the occupants were intoxicated and disoriented, which delayed search efforts for another hour, according to Chattanooga police. There also were reports that there was a fight onboard before Hess went over, police said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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NoMyth said...

Egad. So much bad judgment by these people.

June 17, 2011 at 12:12 p.m.
john3347 said...

'Nuther case of why beer and boating do not mix. This is a very tragic event, but directly caused by the victim's own poor judgment.

June 17, 2011 at 3:07 p.m.
cday said...

This is such a terrible loss for this family. We need to think about their family and that only. For someone not being on the boat and not knowing the circumstances you might need to think about your comments before you post them.

June 17, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.
papergirl said...

Could we maybe keep the judgment and thoughtless comments to a minimum as two children have just lost their father and caretaker. Perhaps you should envision the shoe on the other foot before making such statements.

June 17, 2011 at 4:42 p.m.
hashgirl88 said...

I hope that the police find the truth to this story cause the jimmy that I knew would have made it out of that water. I am praying for his wonderful family and friends as we mourn the loss of a great friend and father.

June 17, 2011 at 8:21 p.m.
northchatt73 said...

John 3347, how could you blame this on the victim? If I sit in my living room and get sloshed, does that make it OK for someone to invade my home and shoot me?

June 18, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
01centare said...

...."Perhaps you should envision the shoe on the other foot before making such statements."


The shoe has been on the feet of some other poor souls, only for insensitives who want others to show compassion when the tragedy hits closer to home to post disparaging remarks. The young man recently gunned down on the streets of E. Chattanooga comes to mind.

June 18, 2011 at 8:15 a.m.

This was a dreadful death and my heart goes out deep to the family. From what I heard on the news today, in the state of Tennessee life jackets are required to be on board but don't need to be worn - DUH! Seems like a real simple solution, so change the darn stupid law. And while the "lawmakers" are at it, put a STOP to any drinking when on any body of water in our state. Booze and boating have equaled deaths far too often.

June 18, 2011 at 10:28 p.m.
Echo said...

Drunk azzhOle falls off a boat at 4am. Glad he died in the river and not made it back to shore to drive into my wife headed to work.

August 13, 2011 at 5:14 p.m.
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