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UPDATE: Ocoee rafting victims identified

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POLK COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has released the identities of the two women who died in two separate rafting accidents this weekend on the Ocoee River.

The first fatality on Saturday has been identified as 51 year-old Marnita McGruder, from Rex, GA.
 
The second fatality on Sunday has been identified as 36 year-old Katherine Tyler Luna, from Smyrna, TN.

Sheriff's deputies and emergency crews responded to a second accident in just two days on the Ocoee River.

READ MORE | Atlanta woman dies on Ocoee River

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation say a woman fell out of the raft around 11:45 near the launch site.

The sheriff's department says the raft got stuck in the rapid, Grumpy's, and some of the parties in the boat fell out.

Everyone but the victim made it safely to shore.

Two kayakers pulled her to shore and several people performed CPR. She was taken to Copper Basin Medical Center and pronounced dead.

Her name has not been released but TDEC says she was a woman in her mid 30's from Smyrna, Tennessee.

Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are investigating the incident.

Officials say raft guides involved in both fatalities did all they could to rescue the victims.

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