Tennessee wildlife officers investigate three weekend boating accidents that injured six

Staff file photo / A Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency patch on the shoulder of Officer Jarod Coxey in this 2010 staff file photo.

A total of six people were injured in three weekend boating accidents on Tennessee waterways, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials said in a statement.

Authorities said the first incident happened about 6 p.m. Saturday on Watts Bar Lake, just north of King Creek in Roane County. A 48-year-old Rockwood, Tennessee, man entered the water from his boat, misjudging the water's depth, officials said. The boat propeller struck the man who sustained serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to UT Medical Center in Knoxville for treatment. He was reported to be in stable condition, officials said.

A second incident happened around 10 p.m. Saturday in Meigs County near the Highway 58 bridge on the Hiwassee River. Four people were hurt resulting in two adults being transported after a two-vessel collision. The collision involved two people from Bradley County in a 16-foot Bayliner and four people from Polk County in a 20-foot Sylvan ski boat, officials said. One victim was transported by helicopter to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga and one by ambulance to a Cleveland hospital. Both have been released, officials said.

A third incident happened Saturday around 3:45 p.m. CST on Dale Hollow Lake near Willow Grove involving a 17-year-old from Ohio. The teen was being pulled on a tube behind a rental boat when the tube flipped. She was taken to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville with back injuries and has since been released, officials said.