2 rafting deaths in 2 days on Ocoee River in Tenn.

Updated at: 08/25/2013 4:35 PM
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(AP) BENTON, Tenn. - Authorities say two women have died in two days while rafting on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/15a4Bpg) reports that an Atlanta woman who was rafting with family and friends was thrown overboard in rapids. She reportedly grabbed a rescue rope but then lost consciousness.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation told WRCB-TV (http://bit.ly/1aFrMJo) that a woman from Smyrna, Tenn., fell out of a raft on Sunday morning when it got stuck in rapids.

Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Scott Brooks says the river flow was higher than normal Saturday. The TVA controls the amount of water in the river with three dams.

The authority says it is looking into the river’s flow and height.

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