One person dead in kayaking accident in Rhea County Sunday

TWRA investigating kayaking accident in Rhea county (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE (4:48 P.M.):

TWRA Wildlife Officers confirm one person is dead on Richland Creek, near Back Valley Road in Rhea County.

Officials say fast-moving waters with deep water holes of 8 feet to 10 feet made recovery efforts challenging.

TWRA says three kayakers took to the water for a point to point trip along the section of the stream known for white water paddling after heavy rains.

While kayaking, Andrew Gamble of Hamilton county was trapped under a log. Those with the man attempted to save him but were unable to do so.

Officials say the 31-year-old was wearing a life jacket.

TWRA, The Rhea County Sheriff's Office, Rhea County Emergency Management and Tennessee State Parks remain on the scene.

Depend on us to keep you updated.

PREVIOUSLY:

The Rhea County Sheriffs Department says they're investigating a kayaking accident in Laurel Snow State Natural Area in Dayton, Tennessee. It happened around 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is currently on the scene.

A TWRA official says the water rescue is for one person at this time.

This is a developing story.

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