Swift water rescue teams safely locate 22 missing kayakers in Iron City, TN

Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 12:05 PM CDT
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IRON CITY, Tenn. (WAFF) - Multiple emergency rescue crews have responded to the site of a water rescue in Lawrence County, TN.

Per Lawrence County EMA official Bill Phillips, swift water rescue teams from Lawrence and surrounding Tennessee Counties assisted 22 stranded kayakers following a flash flooding event near Iron City on Friday.

The kayakers were initially reported as missing at 10:30 a.m.

The missing kayakers were located on a sand bar around 11:30 am. Teams began the process of transporting them to their original departure point on Wayland Springs Road.

According to Lawrence County EMA Director Joe Baxter, the 22 kayakers were in a total of 18 boats during the flash flooding event.

Shortly before noon, all 22 were accounted for near the Taco Shack in Iron City.

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