Teen drowns in Monroe Co. tubing accident

By: Nick Bona Email
By: Nick Bona Email

MONROE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A teenager was killed Friday afternoon during a tubing accident in the Cherokee National Forest.

Sheriff’s department officials confirmed the drowning happened around 4:00 p.m. near Baby Falls along River Road in Tellico Plains.

The victim was a 17 year old boy whose foot apparently got caught in rocks while he was tubing down the river. Hit tube overturned in the rapids, causing him to go underwater.

Reports from the scene indicate some people with the boy could see him caught underwater, but were unable to save him.

His name was not released Friday night because deputies were still trying notifying family members.

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  • by me Location: madisonville tn on Apr 25, 2010 at 10:37 PM
    i dont think the officers shuld write tickets to people who go there....the people who do go there obviously know the dangers...they may think it wont happen to them but thats on them...if you think the police shuld write tickets for goin to a dangerous place they need to start writing tickets to people who drive...people get killed in cars...or write tickets to people who go on airplanes...airplanes crash and kill people too...they just need a huge warning sign that says "hey you might drown"...then they can decide if they wanna risk their lives...and "How many more deaths does it take for them to open there eyes?"...uhhh...how many things out there kill people and no one says "hey lets not let annyone do that anymore"...duh..accidents happen everywhere with anyone.
  • by mary Location: madisonville on Apr 24, 2010 at 04:59 AM
    i think its a shame, down right...your not allowed to pick the flowers or distrub wildlife but teenagers who have no experience can tub, jump and put there lifes in danger and rangers do nothing. Something needs to be done and rangers need to start giving tickets to kids, people who are even near the baby falls, there has been more than eight deaths near there and right at the falls. How many more deaths does it take for them to open there eyes? But don't distrub wildlife though. That place is very well known for our locals and to think that someone so close has lost there life because they won't get stern on the rules of the river, come on guys you don't mess with mother nature.


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