Smyrna woman among 2 dead in 2 days on Ocoee River - WKRN News 2

Smyrna woman among 2 dead in 2 days on Ocoee River

Posted: Updated: Aug 26, 2013 02:57 PM


BENTON, Tenn.  - Authorities say two women have died while rafting on the Ocoee River in separate incidents in two days.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the first death happened Saturday when a woman who was rafting with two friends was thrown overboard in rapids. The release says the woman was from Atlanta, but it didn't identify her.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation told WRCB-TV that a Smyrna woman also fell out of a raft on Sunday morning.

Thirty-six-year-old Katherine Luna was pulled from the water by two kayakers, who immediately began CPR.

Luna was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Kayaker Cole Henderson said, "It is a rapid to be very respected. This whole river deserves respect. It is a class four rapid, I've never had anything happen to me on it, but it definitely needs to be respected, for sure."

Sheriff's deputies say the raft guides did everything they could to rescue all everyone involved.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported after the first incident that the Tennessee Valley Authority was reviewing the river's flow and height at the time of the incident.

The TVA controls the amount of water in the river with three dams.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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