Kayakers drown in Tennessee and Alabama Rivers

A man recently lost his life while kayaking on the Collins River Sunday (June 25). He was in a sit-a-top kayak, flipped, struggled to swim and then went under.  He was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) and his kayak buddy also did not have one.


Because of recent rains, officers said water levels were elevated two to three feet above normal. Swift moving currents and murky water made recovery efforts more difficult.  TWRA Warren County Officer, Pete Geesling, said, “It is always difficult to see the loss of a life. We can’t stress enough the importance of wearing a personal flotation device and checking conditions before heading out.


A father and his three-year-old daughter died the same way in Alabama last month.


There were four paddle-sport related deaths in Tennessee 2016.


TVCC continually stresses the importance of wearing appropriate safety gear, including PFDs for all paddling.  Learn more about paddling safely at the annual TVCC Rescue Rodeo.  http://tvccpaddler.com/register-event/?event=2409177