2 rafting deaths in 2 days on Ocoee River in Polk County

photo Rafters take to the Ocoee River rapids in Polk County in this file photo.


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The Ocoee River claimed another life Sunday, the second in two days at the popular commercial rafting venue and former Olympic whitewater course.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said a woman from Smyrna, Tenn., died after her party's raft became stuck in the first rapid below Ocoee Dam No. 2. It was in the same area in which an Atlanta woman died almost exactly 24 hours earlier, authorities said.

According to information from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, both women were tossed from their rafts after encountering steep drops on the rapid called "Grumpy's," which stretches about 100 yards below the dam.