TWRA official releases name of kayaking fatality

By | April 28, 2014 12:00 am

embers of various emergency services departments responded to the scene of a kayaking accident, on April 23, 2014, on Calfkiller River. Rescuers had to access the two individuals through the back side of Gillen Subdivision, which borders the river.

Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency has released information, including the names of the victim and survivor, about the April 23, 2014, kayaking accident on the Calfkiller River.
According to Dan Hicks of TWRA, Jedidiah Selby, 24, of Crossville, died when his kayak overturned and he was sucked into the draw at the base of the dam near the old water treatment plant.
Hicks states the spillway at the low head damn was heavy from recent rains and capsized Selby’s kayak. The pull of the water dragged Selby under, although his fellow kayaker, Paul Brooks, 55 of Cookeville, attempted to rescue him.
Brooks was reportedly in a separate kayak that was also overturned.
According to Hicks, a Sparta police officer and a member of Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, who were both near the area at the time of the accident, were able to bring Selby to shore.
Both Brooks and Selby were wearing life jackets.
Brooks was transported by White County Emergency Medical Service to Highlands Medical Center where he was treated and released.

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