Search continues for missing boater

UPDATE:  4/1/23

According to TWRA, the body believed to be that of missing boater, 79-year-old William Mayfield from Silerton, TN was recovered April 1 on the Tennessee River. The body is being sent for an autopsy for positive identification. The boater originally went missing on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

Organizations involved in the search included: TWRA, Hardin County Fire Department, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Braden Fire Department. TWRA says this is the fifth boating fatality in Tennessee this year.


According to TWRA, the search has continued for the missing boater, but as of Sunday morning, March 26, the boater had not been recovered.


The search has been halted due to weather.


HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn., — With potential severe weather approaching, the search for a missing boater is still on.

Photo courtesy of the Hardin County Fire Department

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, they responded to a call about an  unoccupied boat circling on the Tennessee River near mile marker 204 on Thursday around 6:30 p.m.

The TWRA reports that a 56-year-old man was rescued from the bank, and a 79-year-old man from Hardeman County is still missing.

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