published Thursday, April 10th, 2014

TWRA identifies victims of boat accident that killed 1, injured another on Watts Bar Lake

A single-vessel boating accident left an Ohio man dead and a Spring City man injured near a campground on Watts Bar Lake this afternoon.

Meigs County dispatchers said the 911 call came in at 1:29 p.m. Thursday, and Tenneesse Wildlife Resources Agency officials were dispatched to the scene near Hornsby Hollow Campground on the lake north of the Ten Mile community in Meigs County.

Brookville, Ohio, resident Thomas Brombaugh, 70, was killed when the Ranger bass boat he was riding in with Spring City resident Gerald Jean, 67, capsized in a slough on the east side of the lake, TWRA spokesman Dan Hicks said.

Jean was transported to Rhea Medical Center in Dayton, Tenn., for treatment of unknown injuries, Hicks said.

Stay with the Times Free Press for updates as this story develops.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at or 423-757-6569.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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