2 rafting deaths in 2 days on Ocoee River

BENTON, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say two women have died while rafting on the Ocoee River in separate incidents in two days.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the first death happened Saturday when a woman who was rafting with two friends was thrown overboard in rapids. The release says the woman was from Atlanta, but it didn't identify her.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation told WRCB-TV that another woman fell out of a raft on Sunday morning. Officials didn't release her name, but said she was from Smyrna, Tenn.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported after the first incident that the Tennessee Valley Authority was reviewing the river's flow and height at the time of the incident.

The TVA controls the amount of water in the river with three dams.


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