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Woman dies while rafting on the Ocoee

Postby Todd » Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:08 pm

Woman dies while rafting on the Ocoee

By Lance Coleman
Posted August 24, 2013 at 5:51 p.m., updated August 24, 2013 at 6:50 p.m.



A woman died Saturday afternoon after she fell out of a raft on the Ocoee River, officials said.

Kelly Brockman, spokeswoman with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, could not release the name of victim, who was about 50 years old, pending notification of next of kin.

Polk County Sheriff’s deputies, Tennessee State Park rangers and a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper were dispatched at 11:20 a.m. to the location near U.S. Highway 64, according to Polk County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.

Deputy Mike Price said woman was an Atlanta area resident. She and another woman fell out of a raft near the rapids known as “Grumpy’s,” which is less than 150 feet from where the commercial raft put-in is located, he said.

While rafting guides got the other woman back into the raft, they were unable to get the victim back in but helped her back to the river bank about another 100 feet down from where she fell into the water, Price said.

“She was conscious up to the point they got her back to the bank,” he said.

Price said rafting guides started CPR and park rangers, sheriff’s deputies and a trooper continued CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived. Rafting guides and bystanders assisted in getting the woman up the bank to Highway 64 where the EMS crew took her to Copper Basin Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead, Price said.

Bob Fowler, a river guide on the Ocoee for more than 30 years and a News Sentinel staff writer, said the river on Saturday was running at more than twice its normal volume.

More details as they develop online and in Sunday’s News Sentinel.

Source: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/aug/2 ... the-ocoee/
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Re: Woman dies while rafting on the Ocoee

Postby chief joe » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:39 pm

Drown or heart attack? Sad
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Re: Woman dies while rafting on the Ocoee

Postby Todd » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:56 pm

A second woman has drowned on the Ocoee....
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Re: Woman dies while rafting on the Ocoee

Postby Todd » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:57 pm

Ocoee drowning victims ID'd
By News Sentinel staff

Posted August 26, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.
State officials have released the names of the two women who drowned 24 hours apart on the same set of Ocoee River rapids over the weekend.

Katherine Tyler Luna, 36, of Smyrna, Tenn., died Sunday after she fell overboard around 11:41 a.m. while rafting with family and friends, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The raft had gotten stuck in the rapids known as “Grumpy’s,” according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

A group of kayakers pulled Luna to shore, where a park ranger tried to revive her, with no success.

The first drowning happened Saturday when Marnita McGruder, 51, of Rex, Ga., fell overboard around 11:30 a.m. on the same part of the river, according to TDEC.

In each case, the rafting guides did everything possible to try to save the women, authorities said.

The drownings were the first on the Ocoee River since 2011.

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