MORRISTOWN — A man who was fishing with his son on an East Tennessee lake has died after falling from a boat into the cold water, wildlife officials said.
Jeremy Gene Keen, 47, and his 14-year-old son were trolling in a small aluminum boat on Cherokee Lake when Keen fell into the water, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a news release.
The son entered the water and hung onto his father as the operating boat made circles, the agency said. Another fisherman pulled them from the water, but Keen did not survive, the agency said.
Neither Keen nor his son was wearing a life jacket, the agency said.
The son was taken to a hospital with exposure to cold water. Wildlife officers said that the water temperature in that part of the lake is about 36 degrees.
Utah ski employee dies in chairlift accident
PARK CITY, Utah — An employee at a Utah ski resort died Monday after being ejected from a chairlift shaken by a tree that fell onto a lift cable, resort officials and police said.
Representatives of Park City Mountain and the Summit County Sheriff said a 29-year-old resort employee fell at least 25 feet (7.6 meters) from the Short Cut chairlift into a deep ravine around 11:25 a.m.
The Park City ski patrol attempted to treat his injuries and evacuated 10 others who also were on the chairlift.
“We are all deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and we will be providing support for our employees as we grieve this devastating loss," said Deirdra Walsh, the resort's vice president and chief operating officer.
Park City declined to identify the employee. The Summit County Sheriff planned on Wednesday to release the name of the accident victim, a resident of Millcreek, following the wishes of his family.
Summit County Sheriff Captain Andrew Wright told KSL-TV that the man was a ski patroller who fell to terrain that was difficult to access. Ski patrol members took at least 20 minutes to reach the victim and dig him out of what deputies called “chest-deep snow" before attempting to treat him.
“This wasn’t over a run,” Wright said, noting that the department's investigation may consider variables including snow, tree health and tree proximity to the lift.
The Short Cut chairlift remained closed while the investigation continued Tuesday.
As record snowfall continues in Utah, Park City has received 56 inches (1.4 meters) in the past week. Lift maintenance crews have been in a labor dispute with the resort over the past year, demanding higher wages, safer working conditions and more efforts to retain experienced mechanics.