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Kayaker dies near White County dam

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SPARTA, TN (WSMV) -

Officials have identified the man who died while kayaking Wednesday on the Calfkiller River in White County.

Jedidiah Selby, 24, of Crossville, was kayaking along with 55-year-old Paul Brooks, of Cookeville, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

The chief of police in Sparta says the kayakers got into the water below the dam around 11:30 a.m.

The kayakers got too close to the spillway, and the rough, churning water pulled Selby underwater. Selby was wearing a life jacket at the time, but the hydraulic power was too strong, the TWRA said.

Brooks tried to help Selby but capsized his own boat in the process.

Brooks was then rescued from the water and taken to Highlands Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He was later released.

The men are said to have kayaked on that stretch of water before, but the TWRA says it's important to never paddle into a spillway.

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