2 women who died rafting on Ocoee identified

2 women who died rafting on Ocoee identified


BENTON (AP) - Authorities have identified the two women who died while rafting on the Ocoee River this weekend.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Marnita McGruder, 52, of Rex, Ga., died on Saturday after she was tossed from her raft.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, McGruder was able to grab onto a rescue rope, but she lost consciousness before reaching the shore.

On Sunday, Katherine Luna, 37, of Smyrna, was one of several people thrown from a raft. She was not able to reach the riverbank.

Both women were thrown near the same spot, on a rapid called Grumpy's.

Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Mike Bradley said the river's flow rate at the time of the accidents was within the normal range for commercial rafting operations.

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