Boaters rescued near Ditto Landing

The boaters were clinging onto their boat in the Tennessee River

Posted: Dec 29, 2018 3:33 PM
Updated: Dec 29, 2018 10:41 PM

Duck hunters helped pull a man and little girl from the Tennessee River near Ditto Landing. A witness told WAAY 31 a boat turned over and the two people were hanging on.

WAAY 31 has learned the two people rescued were a 55-year-old man and a 6-year-old girl. The girl was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Brandon Pepper was on his way out when he noticed something was off with the boat. 

"With what the conditions were like we told them probably not the best day to go fishing," said Pepper. 

Moments later Pepper saw the boat of duck hunters head out. 

"We just told them if you head that way duck hunting just check on them see if they're okay because the boat didn't sound right."

Turns out the duck hunters rescued the two in the capsized boat. Rescuers rushed to what they described as a sinking boat. An employee at Ditto Landing told WAAY 31 he called 9-1-1. Saturday night, Ditto Landing is closed with a security guard posted to keep anyone from trying their luck driving on the flood water covered dock. 

A security guard at the landing told WAAY31, "personally, I know the road and I wouldn't drive my truck down that road," Joshua Ray.

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