Harrison, Tennessee, man arrested in connection with January boating death

Crews recover a canoe from Chickamauga Lake on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, during a search for a missing boater who was in the canoe when it capsized on Friday, Jan. 15. / Photo contributed by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

A man was arrested and charged Friday in the death of a woman who drowned after a canoe capsized on Chickamauga Lake in January, according to a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency news release.

Michael Smith of Harrison, Tennessee, faces three charges of no life jacket, one count of registration violation and one count of reckless operation that resulted in death. Smith was taken into custody and booked into the Hamilton County Jail.

Theresa Parker and Smith were two of three people in a canoe that capsized on Chickamauga Lake near the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant on January 15. The boaters were not wearing life jackets.

Responding crews found one man on shore and boat crews found one woman along the bank. Both were suffering from cold water immersion symptoms. They were taken to CHI Memorial Hospital in Hixson.

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