Kayaker Killed On Calfkiller River Identified

Kayaker Killed On Calfkiller River Identified

CREATED Apr 24, 2014

SPARTA, Tenn. - The 24-year-old man, who was killed after getting too close to a dam while kayaking in White County, has been identified.

Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said Jedidiah Selby, of Crossville, was killed Wednesday afternoon after he was pulled into the current below a dam on the Calfkiller River. He was apparently wearing a life jacket.

Paul Brooks, 55, was in a separate kayak when the victim was pulled under. Officials said he attempted to save him but was unable. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Brooks has since been released.

The Calfkiller River is a 42-mile-long stream in eastern section middle Tennessee. It is a tributary of the Caney Fork. The river is believed to be named for a Cherokee chief who once lived in the area.

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