A Hamilton County man died in a kayaking accident in Rhea County on Sunday, according to the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department and officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Andrew Gamble, 31, died when he got stuck under a log while he was kayaking along Richland Creek near Back Valley Road in Dayton.
“Gamble, along with two other kayakers took to the water for a point to point trip along the section of stream known for white water paddling after heavy rains,” TWRA officials said in a released statement.” While kayaking, the 31-year-old Hamilton County man was trapped under a log. Those with him attempted to help free Gamble. Gamble was wearing a life jacket.”
Gamble’s friends called 911 at around 2 p.m., according to reports, and attempted to free him but were unsuccessful. TWRA officials said that fast-moving water and rough terrain made recovery difficult. TWRA, along with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department, Rhea County Emergency Management and Tennessee State Parks worked together for recovery efforts.