Chattanooga: Boater's body found in Chickamauga Lake

Chattanooga: Boater's body found in Chickamauga Lake

June 17th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

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/Times Free Press.

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.