Polk County Deputies and Firefighters respond to Ocoee River Rescue

Polk County, Tenn. (WDEF) – Three people are without injury after a water rescue in Polk County Tuesday afternoon.

West Polk County Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to calls about a rescue from some people near the dam at Sugarloaf Mountain Park.

Chief Steven Lofty tells News 12 that two women and one man were kayaking down the Ocoee River in separate kayaks when the incident occurred.

We’re told that the three planned to get out at the the Nancy Ward gravesite, but the water became swift and all of the kayaks were overturned.

The man was able to get out of the water on his own, but the two women were stuck until rescue crews arrived. At least one of the women held onto a tree limb during this time.

Polk County deputies, volunteer firefighters, and nearby boaters responded, and were able to pull the two kayakers out of the water.

All three kayakers are safe now and without injury.


Lofty says rafters and kayakers need to be careful, especially now, since the water is higher, and moving faster.

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