Tournament turns tragic after angler's death
LYON COUNTY, Ky. - Recreational boating season is almost over but hundreds of boats are still filling up our lakes with tournaments in full swing. But this morning was a sad reminder of how even the most experienced boaters can't be too cautious.
"They're all professionals," said Sgt. Gary Clark with fish and wildlife. "They do a good job when they come in here. We usually don't see too much of this happening during a fishing tour."
The passenger on the BFL boat was a 41-year-old man from Eupora, Mississipi. He was prounced dead at the scene. The driver of that boat is from Mayfield and was not injured.
The other man ejected was the driver taking part in the renegade tournament. He and his passenger were also not injured.
After twenty years of competition, one angler we spoke to now only fishes for fun. But when it comes to operating a boat, he still takes it seriously.
Washburn said the incident, while rare, is still heartbreaking.