On Saturday June 19 Rickey Wilkey and Tim Spidle diedwhen their fishing boat was struck by a passing barge in Chattanooga TN. The accident happened on the Tennessee Riverwhere the two men were fishing with Rickey’s nephew David Wilkey on Saturdayevening. According to local newsreports the men were on the river fishing when a tugboat pulling nine bargesturned straight towards them. They triedto start their fishing boat to get out of the way but the boat wouldn’tstart. They then began to start rowingbut they could not get out of the way in time and their boat was crushed bythe passing barges. Both Rickey Wilkeyand Spidle died at the scene. DavidWilkey was able to swim to the surface after the boat was hit andsurvived. The operators of the barge saythat they never saw the fishing boat. The U.S. Coast Guard is still investigating the accident trying todetermine whether or not the barge operators could have prevented it.