Accident Database

Report ID# 116204

  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Does not Apply
  • Cold Water
  • High Water
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

01-29-13 CHATTANOOGA, TN Body of Chattanooga girl recovered after family's canoe tips (01-29-13) Authorities have found the body of a 7-y/o girl who went missing along with her father and brother earlier this month when a canoe they were in tipped over in a creek in Polk Co. TN Wildlife Resource Agency spokesman Jeff Bishop said that the body of Helana Alley was found Tue. morning (01-30), although he did not know the specifics of where she was found. Helana, her 6-y/o brother Lazarus and their father, Nick Alley, went missing on Jan. 16 when their canoe tipped over in Conasauga Creek, which was swollen from recent rains. Three other family members swam to the shore. The body of Lazarus Alley was found last week. Crews have scaled back the search, but are continuing to look for the father.


POLK CO., TN (WRCB) -- The body of a man who drowned with his son and daughter on Conasauga Creek in January was found Friday by searchers.

The body was identified as Nick Alley, 36.

The family was canoeing January 16 when their canoe tipped over, dumping them into the rain-swollen waters of Conasauga Creek.

The body of 6-year-old Lazarus Alley was found January 24, some eight days after the accident. His sister, 7-year-old Helana Alley was found January 29.

Three other family members in the canoe were able to safely swim to the shore.

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