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Teen Drowns on Camping Trip

A 16-year-old Tennessee boy died while on a white-water rafting trip with other teens attending a popular Georgia camp recently.

Andrew Silvershein, 16 of Davie, Tenn, was on the Ocoee River in southeastern Tennessee when the raft he and six other teens were on flipped in a part of the river rated as Class 3+ on a scale of 1 to 5. The other six teens made it to shore safely. But Silvershein did not emerge from the water immediately and rescuers searched the area until they recovered his body. Silvershein's younger sister, also a camper, was also on the excursion, reports say.

The company hosting the camp rafting outings, Big Frog Expeditions, reportedly informed officials that experienced guides rode in every raft, and all participants wore helmets and life jackets.

Campers' parents were immediately notified by email and then by phone. The rafting trip was cancelled and the surviving teens were returned to Georgia, where grief counselors assisted in the grieving process.

Reports also say this was the second river drowning on the Ocoee River since the white-water rafting season began a month earlier. The camp which arranged the outing was reported as Ramah Darom, a Jewish summer camp in the mountains of northern Georgia.

Water accidents, whether during a natural disaster or recreation cause more than just the obvious hardships. If you or someone you love has been involved in a water-related accident, the offices of drowning accident attorney Jimmy Doan can help. With lengthy experience in water injury, The Doan Law Firm, P.C., can provide answers for some of the toughest questions of water-related injury and death. The Doan Law Firm, P.C., led by personal injury attorney Jimmy Doan, has extensive experience in water safety litigation. Contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C. at 1 Riverway, Suite 2055, Houston, Texas 77056, (713) 869-4747 or (800) 910-FIRM.

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