If you are a follower of WGNS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WGNSradio, then you heard all the details about a stranded boater on Percy Priest Lake Tuesday morning (occured at 11:30 A.M.). We are now releasing more information about the stranded boater.
Kathy Tyson, the public relations director for the City of LaVergne, told WGNS that due to HIPPA laws the name of the stranded boater cannot be released. Evidently, he was treated by paramedics who met with him when another boater took him to shore.
The story behind the so called rescue unfolded while the 25-year old victim was at the lake with his father. The two stopped at an island and while walking around, their boat drifted away from the land.
The 25-year old tried swimming to the boat in the frigid waters in hopes of pulling it back to the island. He got tired and was unable to complete the swim and returned to the shore. The man’s father made a fire to keep his son warm until a boater by the name of Michael Armstrong arrived to help the stranded victims. Armstrong actually took emergency responders to the island to treat the victim for potential hypothermia. Luckily, the man was not in need of serious emergency care and was only monitored for signs of hypothermia, but not transported to the hospital.
LaVergne Police responded to the call, but there was not police report filed. You can see pictures of the event at WGNSradio.com (below).
Picture 1 (top) - The officer shaking hands with Mr. Armstrong is Lt. Mike Campbell, LPD
Picture 2 (bottom) - photo from the boat ramp as Mr. Armstrong is nearing shore
PR Director / PIO
City of LaVergne