Teens stuck on surging river rescued after several hours

ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (AP) - Rescuers battled rain-swollen rapids to rescue six teenagers stranded for seven hours after their canoe overturned. The teenagers, all boys, were in a canoe on White's Creek, near the Rhea-Roane County line Saturday afternoon, according to authorities.

After the canoe tipped in the surging waters, the teenagers swam to an island in the river, said Assistant Chief Eddie Cate of the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad.

Emergency crews from Rhea and Roane counties couldn't reach the boys for several hours. Knox County crews had to shoot a rope out of a line gun to stretch across the river so a rescue boat could reach them, Cate said.

The last of the teenagers safely reached the shore at around 10:30 p.m. (EST) Saturday night. All were wearing life vests.

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