3 survive Blount County crash after boat goes airborne

(Photo: TWRA)

LOUSVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A boat crashed into a dock early Sunday morning in Blount County.

(Photo: TWRA)

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency found the crash around 3 a.m. at Ft. Loudoun Lake. The report says three people were on board of the boat at the time of the crash.

They told officers they were coming back from a “night of recreation” before the boat crashed into an unoccupied private dock.

The boat went airborne after hitting the dock and landed on a nearby boat. According to the report, the boat was operated outside of the lake channel past the buoys.

The boaters received minor injuries.

Michael Shoffner (source: Blount County Sheriff’s Office)

Officers detained two of the passengers. Officers had to search for the operator, Michael Shoffner, who left the scene. Shoffner was arrested after a sobriety test was performed. He was released and faces charges for boating under the influence.

“This accident is a prime example of why alcohol and boating don’t mix,” said Blount County Wildlife Officer Mitch Clure. “Many people don’t take drinking and boating as serious as drinking and driving, but you can often become impaired quicker drinking on a water than on land because of the outside heat, wave action, and fatigue. I cannot believe anyone survived this accident.”

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