Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Boating Accident Investigation Report State Reportable? Yes USCG Reportable?

Yes Investigating Officer: Officer Notified: Arrived On Scene: By Whom: Precise Location: CEO Larry Adams 7/30/2013 5:44 PM 7/30/2013 6:15 PM DPS-1 Decatur

BOATING STATE CASE No: 20130730AL19-1 / USCG No: AL_30 Date of Accident: 7/30/2013 Location: Wheeler Lake County: Morgan Nearest City or Town: Decatur Agencies Assisting: Decatur PD, Morgan County Rescue Reviewer: Erica C. Shipman Total Number Weather: Clear Water Condition: Up to 6 in. Waves (CALM) Tempatures Strong Currents? No Accident Summary: Air: 86 deg F Water: 80 deg F Hazardous Waters? No Fatalities: 1 Injuries: 0 Missing: 0 Time of Accident: 5:30 PM

Near TN River Mile Marker 297.5 Latitude: 34 deg 40 min 35.000 sec Longitude: 87 deg 4 min 46.000 sec Reviewed On: Estimated total property damage: $2,300.00 Time of Day: Day Winds: Over 0, Up to 12 MPH (Light) 8/1/2013

Visibility: Good

Water Depth: 30 Feet Congested Waters? No

Family Notified? Yes

On 30 July 2013, crews from TVA were working on non-powered electrical lines (new line) that stretched across the Tennessee River from Cow Ford Landing to Independence Tube (river mile marker 297.5). This area of the river is approximately 1 1/4 (1.25) miles wide. At approximately 1440, a line fell unexpectantly into the water. The TVA crew notified the US Coast Guard, who sent out a warning on marine radios. The river was shut down to commercial traffic from the Decatur Rail Road Bridge to Wheeler Lock and Dam. Two TVA boats containing "flag-crews" were operating in the area mentioned above (from Cow Ford Landing to Independence Tube, approximately 1 1/4 mile wide, containing three marked river channels and two boat launch ramps.). The water in this area is deep enough that recreational boats (fishing) can operate from bank to bank without regards to the marked channel. From 1440 until approximately 1730, crews worked on raising the line back up. At approximately 1730, as the line was being raised above the water, a bass boat, driven by Gary Thacker, struck the line from the bow area at approximately 50-70 mph. Initial impact was on the front seat pedestal, then the line struck the passenger, Anthony Szozda, above the shoulders in the neck area, almost decapitating him. The line struck the operator above the head, removing his headgear. The line then struck the rear seat pedestal, and then finally struck the "pole anchor" located at the stern of the vessel. No structural damage was visible to the boat hull. The boat, like most fishing and pleasure boats, did not contain a marine radio. Mr. Thacker (operator) reported no one was blocking the river, and the line was completely unmarked, with no markings in the water to warn him of the line. An inspection of the area at approximately 1945, revealed no water buoy markings, as well as no markings on the power line. Mr. Thacker was later instructed by the TVA crew (who contacted 911 by phone) to drive his boat back to Ingalls Harbor. Decatur PD and the Morgan County Coroner met Thacker at the Harbor and pronounced the passenger, Szozda, deceased at 1810. 1 Other (Describe) Fallen, Unmarked Power Line

Contributing Factors: Diagram: (not to scale)

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Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Boating Accident Investigation Report

Vessel No: 1
Boat Name: Manufacturer: RANGER Registration #: AL-7635-LV Description:: Ranger Z21 Bass Boat Size Estimates Length: Hull Material: Fiberglass Available Propulsion: Propeller # Engines: 1 Engine Type: Outboard Manufacturer: Mercury 21 ft. Depth from Transom to Keel: ft. in. Boat Type: Open Motorboat Fuel Type: Gasoline Total Horsepower: 250 hp. Beam width: ft, Model Name: Document #: Rented? No Model Year: 2006 State: AL

HIN #: RNG7U202J506

Serial #(s): 1B862577 Organizations that have conducted a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) within the past year: US Coast Guard Auxiliary? No US Power Squadron? No PFDs PFDs Serviceable? Yes Fire Extinguishers # Fire Extingusihers: 1 Navigation Lights Operational? Accident Information VSC Decal? No VSC Decal? No Federal Agency? No State Agency? Other Agency? # Life Jackets on Board: 2 # Wearing PFD: 2 Type of Fire Extinguishers: Portable Type B # Extinguishers Used: Amount of Fire Extinguisher Used: Cutoff Switch Used? Yes # Persons Towed: No No PFDs Accessible? Yes PFDs Type? 1

Required PFDs on Board? Yes PFDs Used? Yes

Extinguishers on Board? Yes Extinguishers Used? No Navigation Lights On?

Cutoff Switch Required? Yes

# Persons Aboard: 2 Accident Events

1 Other (Describe) Collision with a down power line Accident Contributing Factors 1 Other (Describe) Unmarked water hazard Equipment/Machine Failure(s): Operation at Time of Accident: Cruising Recreational Fishing Vessel Speed: Over 40 MPH Damages Operator Used Alcohol? No $2,300.00 Arrested For BUI? BAC Level: # Other Vessels: Damage Location: 1 2 3 4 Yes No No No 5 6 7 8 Yes No No No Activities at Time of Accident:

Est. Vessel Damage Amount:

Complete Loss? No

Vessel Damage Description: 2 pedal seats. River (pole) Anchor Est. Other Property Damage Amount: Other Damage Description:

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Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Boating Accident Investigation Report Name: Anthony J Szozda Address: 8772 Curtis Road City: Athens State: AL Age: 65 Expect Statement? No PFD Worn? Yes Person Role(s): Passenger Deceased or Missing Gender: M City: Athens State: AL Age: 58 Expect Statement? Yes PFD Worn? Yes Person Role(s): Owner Operator Operator License: AL 3310049 Arrested For BUI? Cutoff Switch Used? Yes DOB: Used Alcohol? No Used Drugs? No Type Drugs: 7/23/1955 ZIP: 35611 Home Phone: 2567776506 BAC Level: DOB: Used Alcohol? Used Drugs? Type Drugs: 12/26/1947 ZIP: 35614 Home Phone: 2566562744 BAC Level: Gender: M

Name: Gary R Thacker Address: 909 Sunset Drive

Work Phone: 2567776506

Weather reports consulted prior to accident? Education: State Course

Experience on this Type of Vessel: Over 500 Hours

Experience on This Vessel: Over 500 Hours

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Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Boating Accident Investigation Report Witness(es) Name: Shane Carman Address: 270 CR 238 City: Iuka State: MS Age: 38 Expect Statement? Yes PFD Worn? Name: Keith Nix Address: 3914 Old Highway 20 City: Tuscumbia State: AL Age: 48 Expect Statement? Yes PFD Worn? Name: Donald Victor Address: 1612 12th St SE City: Decatur State: AL Age: Expect Statement? Yes PFD Worn? Name: Jonathan Lynn Poole Address: 10111 CR 214 City: Trinity State: AL Age: Expect Statement? Yes PFD Worn? Name: Justin Poole Address: 1597 Old HWY 24 City: Trinity State: AL Age: Expect Statement? Yes PFD Worn? Name: Clay Allen Terry Address: 955 CR 369 City: Trinity State: AL Age: Expect Statement? Yes PFD Worn? DOB: Used Alcohol? Used Drugs? Type Drugs: ZIP: Home Phone: 2563097851 BAC Level: DOB: Used Alcohol? Used Drugs? Type Drugs: Gender: M ZIP: Home Phone: 2566067672 BAC Level: DOB: Used Alcohol? Used Drugs? Type Drugs: Gender: M ZIP: Home Phone: BAC Level: DOB: Used Alcohol? Used Drugs? No Type Drugs: Gender: M 6/14/1976 ZIP: Home Phone: 2567585927 BAC Level: DOB: Used Alcohol? Used Drugs? No Type Drugs: Gender: M 5/2/1965 ZIP: 35674 Home Phone: 6622799991 BAC Level: DOB: Used Alcohol? Used Drugs? No Type Drugs: Gender: M 6/2/1975 ZIP: 38552 Home Phone: 6622799991 BAC Level: Gender: M

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