Father, Two Children Missing In Flooded Creek

BENTON, Tenn. (January 18, 2013)--Rescuers were searching Friday for a father and his two children whose canoe capsized in a flooded creek in southeastern Tennessee.

The accident happened Wednesday afternoon along Conasauga Creek in Polk County, about 50 miles northeast of Chattanooga.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Co-Chair Dan Hicks said rescuers hoped to find the missing people clinging to trees or fences along the creek, but said hope was fading with the cold weather.

The names of the missing haven't been released.

Three other children were in the canoe, but they made it safely to a creek bank.

They and the three who are missing are all members of the same family from Delano, Tenn., a Mennonite religious community.

No one aboard the canoe was wearing a life preserver.


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