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Accident Database: Accident #30436

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Date: 2018-05-06
Victim: Anthony Cooper
Victim Age: 31
River: Elk River
Section:
Location: Near Elkton TN; put in at Veto Rd
Gauge:
Water Level: High
River Difficulty: I
Cause Code(s): PFD Not Worn or Present
Injury Type(s): Does not Apply
Factors Code(s): Cold Water
Inexperience
Solo Paddling
High Water
Age: 31
Experienced/Inexperienced: Inexperienced
Private/Commercial: Private
Boat Type: Kayak - Other
Group Info:
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Detailed Description:

According to news reports: paddling alone to go fishing, PFD in boat behind the seat. The Elk River is very cold year-round. Put into river in Giles County near Veto Rd. Found boat with life jacket floating downstream. 

Media reports:

http://www.waaytv.com/content/news/Crews-find-body-of-missing-Giles-County-kayaker-482291071.html

Posted By: Patrick Avry

Search teams found the body of a man in the Elk River Wednesday night, three days after he was last seen kayaking on the river. Teams found the body of Anthony Cooper, 31, around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Giles County Emergency Management Agency Director Jeremy Holley said. 

Cooper's body was found in the water south of the Elkton boat ramp, not far from where he put in Sunday, Holley said. 

Searchers had been working with the Tennessee Valley Authority, who reduced the amount of water being released from its Tims Ford dam upriver. According to Holley, the lowered water level on the river was what helped them find Cooper's body. 

Holey said Cooper was not wearing a flotation device.

 

 

 

 

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