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Body of Pickwick Dam boating accident victim recovered

Authorities recovered the body of a man in the Tennessee River on Thursday who died in a boating accident the prior morning.

Searchers on the Tennessee River Wednesday afternoon.

Pickwick-Counce Fire Chief Richard Childers identified the victim as Jeffery Dilworth, 56, of Rienzi, Mississippi.
He said the preliminary investigation indicates that Dilworth was alone in a 16-foot jon boat when it developed engine trouble. The boat was swamped and sank when it got too close to the spillway at Pickwick Dam.
The accident happened shortly before 11:23 a.m. Wednesday, and Dilworth’s body was found about three-fourths of a mile downstream by searchers at about 10 a.m. today.


  1. Phyllis Keith Young on July 18, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    So sad to read this! Jeff was a wonderful guy!

    • Ethel Mcgaha on July 18, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Jeff will be truly missed he was a very dear friend had been for years I can’t believe that he’s gone. May God continue to bless the family.

  2. Mary Cummings on July 18, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    So sorry to hear this. He was a great man. Will be missed dearly by many.

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