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Canadian canoeist dies after Smokies accident

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Canadian visitor to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has died after a canoe accident.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Blount Memorial Hospital said Tuesday morning that 65-year-old Steve Senior died. Senior - of Bridgenorth, Ontario - was among a group of whitewater enthusiasts running the Little River in the park when his canoe overturned and he was swept downstream, trapping him underwater for about 30 minutes.

A park spokeswoman said emergency personnel arrived as Senior's fellow canoeists were pulling him from the river and administering CPR. Officials said Senior was unresponsive when rescued, but had a heartbeat and respiration when he was put into an ambulance.

The Smokies encompass 500,000 acres of forest on the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

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