UPDATE 4: 1 killed in Polk County rafting incident
DUCKTOWN, POLK COUNTY (WRCB) - A teenager is dead following a rafting accident in Ducktown.
Dan Hicks, spokesperson for the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, tells Eyewitness News the teen was with a group from Atlanta. The group was attending a summer camp and rafting with Big Frog Expeditions when the accident happened around 1:00 pm Sunday.
Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation say everyone in the raft was thrown into the water after hitting a rock.
Hicks says a 14-year-old male was later found lodged beneath the water. His body was set free by a paddle.
The victim was found by rafting guides, who conducted CPR at the scene, after he was underwater for about 10 minutes. Rescue workers took over when crews arrived.
Hicks says the victim had a pulse while in transport to Copper Basin Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
His identity has not been released.
The accident happened near Mickey, the largest rapid above the Olympic section of the Ocoee. The rafters were about half a mile from the rafting center.
Hicks says TWRA Officers are still at the scene, and no one else is missing at this time.