Dealership remembers employee killed in boating accident

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The owner of an Athens, Ala., bass boat dealership and service shop says employee Anthony Szozda, who died in a boating accident last week, had a love for the water and a love for people.

“He makes everybody laugh — he jokes with everybody,” David Bailey, owner D and D Marine, told WHNT News.

“When I hired him, I was told if I hired him I would never regret it and I never did,” said Bailey.

The Tennessee Valley Authority was lifting a downed power line from Wheeler Lake on the Tennessee River July 30 when Szozda, 65, running at high speed as part of a bass tournament, struck the cable. The line was not energized, according to authorities.

There were two TVA workboats raising the downed line, but neither was in position to warn the approaching boat, according to Justin Maierhofer, vice president of TVA operations.

Click here for a report on the accident by

Click here for a WHNT story on Szozda, an avid fisherman whose nickname was Ski Daddy.


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