Two people rescued after raft gets caught in tree

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two people had to be rescued Monday afternoon by emergency officials after the raft they were riding in down an East Tennessee river got caught in a tree, officials said.

The people were afraid to get out of the raft once it got stuck around 4 p.m. EDT, and Sevierville Fire Department officials had to rescue them, said Bob Stahlke, spokesman for the city of Sevierville.

Stahlke said the two were part of a group of about 80 rafters who were floating along the French Broad River in Sevier County.

No injuries have been reported. The group appeared to be with a rafting company that operates on the French Broad River in Sevier County.

Stahlke said a rainstorm began to move through the area where the two rafters were rescued near state Highway 66, prompting rescue officials to stay around and assist any of the other rafters who may need help out of the water.

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