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A Breaux Bridge Man And His Son Dead In Tennessee

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A man and his son, both from Breaux Bridge, have died in Tennessee.  The Johnson City Press reports that the two drowned in a Tennessee mountain waterfall pool while hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Carter County officials says the victims are  42-year-old Dwight F. Cope and 15-year-old Dagan Cope.

According to the Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/NHjn6Y ) the victims’ detailed hiking logs informed authorities the father and son had been hiking for 13 days when another hiker spotted the man’s body floating in the pool below Laurel Falls on Wednesday morning. Because two backpacks were found beside the pool, Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said authorities immediately believed there was a second victim.

The rescue squad flew over the area in a helicopter Thursday morning and saw the youth’s body in the water. It was recovered by a diver.

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