A 59-year-old Burlison man lost his life when a 14-foot aluminum boat capsized on Wednesday, March 2 on the Hatchie River in Tipton County.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers responded with the Gilt Edge Fire Department, Tipton County Sheriff’s Office, and Priority Ambulance to an unresponsive boater at approximately 6:20 p.m.


Reports stated that Steven D. Campbell was found unresponsive and pronounced deceased by the Tipton County Medical Examiner.  He was not wearing a lifejacket at the time.

The Hatchie River is currently in action stage at 16 feet with hazardous water conditions.  This is the fourth fatal boating accident in Tennessee this year.

GEFC Chief Brandon Fletcher wishes to thank the civilian boaters who also assisted the department with the recovery of Mr. Campbell and TWRA with the recovery of the vessel.

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