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TVA Statement

Accidental Death Tuesday Near Decatur, Ala.

July 31, 2013

(TVA has issued the following statement regarding an accidental death Tuesday, July 30, when a boat ran into a line TVA was installing across the Tennessee River.)

Tuesday afternoon, while TVA crews were installing a new 161-kilovolt line across the Tennessee River near Decatur, Ala., a boat ran into the line, killing a passenger.

A cable being used to string the line broke, dropping the line into the river. This line was not energized. A TVA employee notified the Coast Guard of the downed line. The Coast Guard established a safety zone between Tennessee River Miles 297 and 298, which closed the river at that point, and broadcast notice of the safety zone on their public radio channel to alert boaters of the closure of the river due to the downed line.

About three hours later, the crew began lifting the line out of the water. It was at this time the boat ran into the wire.

TVA is working closely with local authorities including the Alabama Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard on the investigation.

"Tuesday's accident was tragic," said Rob Manning, TVA executive vice president and chief energy delivery officer. "Our thoughts go out to the family of the boater who was killed. We are taking this very seriously. The safety of the public, our employees and our partners is our top priority."

Media Contact

Gail Rymer, 865-360-2800
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, 865-632-6000


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