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Man drowns in Watauga River canoeing accident in Elizabethton

JohnsonCityPress.com • Oct 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ELIZABETHTON — An Elizabethton man drowned in a canoeing accident on the Watauga River near the Hunter Bridge this morning.

Joe Pierce, 68, died after the 17-foot canoe capsized in the water upstream from the bridge about 10:30 a.m., the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a news release.

Authorities said Pierce and a companion were fishing, and Pierce apparently stood up in the canoe to adjust his back and the canoe tipped, sending the two occupants into the river.

Read the full report at the Johnson City Press' web site.

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