Tennessee man dies in kayaking accident


CROSSVILLE,Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency has confirmed the identity of a man who drowned while kayaking in Rhea County on Sunday.

TWRA officials have confirmed that 31-year-old Andrew Gamble of Hamilton County, was killed Sunday when he became trapped under a log while kayaking in Rhea County.

The Rhea County Sheriff’s office received the report of a flipped kayak at 2:07 p.m Sunday.

TWRA stated that Andrews died earlier on Sunday while kayaking on Richland Creek, near Back Valley Road in Rhea County. Fast-moving water and rough terrain made recovery efforts difficult.

Those with him attempted to help free Gamble. Gamble was wearing a life jacket.

According to authorities, Gamble and two other 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.

TWRA along with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Office, Rhea County Emergency Management and Tennessee State Parks worked together for recovery efforts. 

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