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Cookson man perishes after falling off 30-foot cliff at Lake Tenkiller


Monday, October 23, 2023 - A 58-year-old Cookson man is dead following an accident that occurred Sunday just before midnight.


According to the OHP report, Troy Childress drowned Sunday at Lake Tenkiller. The report states that Childress was driving a golf cart when it became stuck. He got off the golf cart and laid on the ground attempting to get the cart unstuck.


A witness who was helping Childress stated that when the golf cart moved, Childress tried to stand up, fell and rolled from a 30-foot cliff into Lake Tenkiller.


Childress was pronounced deceased by Cherokee EMS.


The report also states that Childress had been consuming alcohol at the time of the accident.


OHP was assisted at the scene by Cherokee County Sherriff’s Office, Cherokee County EMS, UKB Lighthorse Police, and Cookson Fire Department.


KXMX Staff Writer


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