Shortly before noon Saturday, Polk County officials received a call to the Ocoee River where a woman reportedly fell into the waters and couldn’t be revived.
According to Deputy Matt Price, the name of the victim has not been released.
Price said the woman was part of a tour group rafting the Ocoee. She was reportedly from the Atlanta area.
“Several rafting guides were already performing CPR on the victim. Law enforcement personnel after their arrival a few minutes later, continued CPR in the riverbed until medical officials arrived. Bystanders and river guides assisted with patient extrication from the riverbed to the roadside, then to the EMS unit,” Price said Saturday afternoon.
The woman was transported to Copper Basin Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead some time later.
According to Price, the patient woman was 45-50 years old. She was on a commercial rafting trip with a group of family and friends.
Price said early investigation revealed that just after launching the raft, at the first drop (a rapid called Grumpy’s by the river community), the victim and another female fell overboard. The party was able to get the other female back into the raft, and the victim was thrown a rescue rope bag just downstream.
The woman was able to grab the rope, and was reportedly conscious at that time. The woman then reportedly lost consciousness just before reaching shore, Price noted
Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are investigating the incident.