Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials said an Ohio lady drowned while kayaking in the Oconaluftee River, which runs along the western boundary of the state’s western border.
According to news reports, park officials stated that the kayaker’s friends contacted park rangers at 2:15 p.m. to report the incident. She vanished underwater and did not reappear the next day, according to reports.
Authorities identified the kayaker as Megan Thompson of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who was 34 years old at the time of the incident.
Thompson was caught between a fallen tree and the river bank, according to witnesses, as he drifted through rapids.
It took rescue personnel around 40 minutes to remove Thompson and transport her to shore, where she was confirmed dead, according to park officials.