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Father, 2 children missing after canoe capsizes

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BENTON, Tenn. (AP) - A search continues along Conasauga Creek in Polk County, where a father and two of his children are missing after a canoe capsized.

Dan Hicks of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said Friday floodwater had begun to recede, but the recovery was challenging.

The names of those missing have not been revealed. Three other children made it safely to a creek bank when the canoe overturned Wednesday afternoon. All six people in the canoe belonged to one family from Delano, a Mennonite religious community.

Hicks said none of the three survivors had life jackets and he was told those missing were not wearing them, either.

It wasn't clear why the victims were in the canoe, but Hicks said floodwater had breached farmland along the creek. It's possible the boat was swept into the current.

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