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Man visiting from Florida killed in Sequatchie River while kayaking

Man visiting from Florida killed in Sequatchie River while kayaking. (WTVC)

MARION COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVC) - The TWRA says a 38-year-old man from Bell, Florida, died while kayaking in the Sequathcie River on Sunday afternoon.

According to witnesses, Daniel J. Atkinson was kayaking with his wife and two children around the Ketner Mill area. Witnesses say Atkinson took the kayak out alone while his children swam and his wife stayed on shore.

They say he was demonstrating maneuvering techniques when water from the low head of the dam overturned the kayak. The current pulled him under.

The TWRA says witnesses pulled Atkinson to shore and performed CPR until EMS arrived.

He was pronounced dead at Park Ridge West Hospital.

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