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Wilkes County Man Killed in Boating Incident Friday PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 09:51

A fisherman from Traphill in Wilkes County was killed in a boating incident early Friday morning.


According to the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, 53-year-old Jones Bower Bare was with his son and brother on their 20-foot Alumacraft boat when it was struck by a barge on Watts Bar Reservoir in East Tennessee around 2:30 a.m. Friday.


Upon impact, the three men were thrown from the boat.  While Bare’s son and brother were able to swim to shore, Bare never surfaced.


The Journal-Patriot reports crews from the Loudon County Fire and Rescue, Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Squad and other agencies responded to the scene.


Emergency personnel found Bare’s body about 100 yards from the site of the collision around 3:10 Friday morning.


Investigators say the barge was being towed by a tugboat and the Bare family was asleep on their vessel at the time of the collision.


Bare worked in the maintenance department at the Tyson Foods plant in Wilkesboro.


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