Saturday morning I was part of a group that put on the Ocoee in late morning. As one of our group drove down US 64 East to turn into the parking area at the put in for the middle Ocoee he observed a raft flip almost immediately on leaving the launch pad ejecting 4 swimmers into the first rapid (Grumpy). Another of our party who had arrived a few minutes sooner had walked down the catwalk along the road at Grumpy and observed a woman take a nasty swim over the river right side of Grumpy ledge. He became aware that she was in trouble and assisted with CPR on her around the lower put-in at Grumpy. She did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead later yesterday.
Today apparently another female rafting customer swam at Grumpy and drowned: http://news.yahoo.com/2-rafting-deaths-2-days-ocoee-river-tenn-220900903.html
I don't know what the Ocoee was running today. Yesterday AM at the time of the incident more than 3000 cfs was flowing over Ocoee dam number 2. Shortly after the incident, water was diverted from the middle Ocoee through the flume which made a dramatic change in the dynamics of the first rapid.
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I always appreciate the reminder that |
Posted by: suntan on Aug-25-13 10:16 PM (EST)
the river is not a Disney ride, you can't just shut off the water. I pray for grace and healing for the loved ones.
Ran it once at 2800 cfs, and it's real |
Posted by: ezwater on Aug-25-13 11:12 PM (EST)
pushy. Makes quick rescue much more difficult.
Healing thoughts and prayers|
Posted by: puffingin on Aug-26-13 9:35 AM (EST)
to family and friends of those who drowned and those who were affected by being there. Pete, since I know you personally, supportive thoughts to you.
Posted by: pblanc on Aug-26-13 9:45 AM (EST)
A thread on boatertalk suggests that there was a flow surge on the middle Ocoee that was a factor in Sunday's drowning death.