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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