Body of missing boater recovered at Percy Priest Lake after boat capsizes

Multiple agencies were involved in the search for 19-year-old Myo Kyo Friday morning.
WSMV4's Ryan Breslin reports.
Published: May. 12, 2023 at 7:16 AM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2023 at 4:47 PM CDT
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LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WSMV) – The search for a missing boater at Percy Priest Lake is over after recovery crews located the body around 7:30 a.m. on Friday.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) confirmed the body of 19-year-old Myo Kyo was recovered from the lake, and the family has been notified. Kyo is from Smyrna.

The group of six had been fishing near Poole Knobs Recreation Area when they decided to use the small Jon boat to go to the Bryant Recreation Area across the lake. During the crossing and with all six aboard, the small vessel began taking on water and capsized. Five of them were able to make it back to shore safely in the Poole Knobs Recreation Area.

TWRA officers responded to the call around 1:30 a.m. and found the five individuals that had made it safely to shore and immediately began searching for Kyo. Side-scan sonar was used to locate his body and divers with the Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management made the recovery.

Friends of Myo Kyo remember him for his passion for soccer.

He wore jersey #2 while playing soccer at Smyrna High School. He also worked as a mentor at a youth community soccer camp.

In elementary school, Kyo won an archery competition while attending John Colemon Elementary School.

A GoFundMe account has been started to help support his family during this difficult time.

A search is underway for a missing boater at Percy Priest Lake.
A search is underway for a missing boater at Percy Priest Lake.(WSMV)