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.


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.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off