Body recovered after middle Tennessee boat collision

1:40 PM, Sep 2, 2013   |    comments
By Steven S. Harman / The Tennessean
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By Duane W. Gang, The Tennessean

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials recovered the body of a 39-year-old La Vergne man early Monday morning from the waters of J. Percy Priest Lake.

The man, identified by TWRA as Harvie C. Butler, had been thrown into the water after two boats collided Sunday afternoon near the Four Corners Marina in Antioch. Four other people were hospitalized with injuries.

TWRA spokesman Doug Markham said by email Monday that officers used a remote-controlled underwater camera to locate Butler's body about 11:30 p.m. Sunday near where the accident took place. Using the camera, they located debris from the wreck and followed it until they found him.

TWRA officers contacted recovery experts and stayed on the scene to help divers. The man was brought to the surface by Metro fire and Office of Emergency Management personnel about 2 a.m. today, Markham said.

Both boats - a 36-foot cabin cruiser and a deck boat - have been impounded by TWRA, Markham said. No charges have been filed but the investigation remains underway.

Markham said blood samples were taken from the drivers of both boats but preliminary indications are that neither appeared to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

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