Body of Missing Canoeist Tim Godfrey Recovered
Contact: Howard Duncan, 423-569-9778
On Wednesday, April 13, Mr. Godfrey, along with Joshua Breeding and Chad Harbough, was fishing the Big South Fork River when their canoe capsized in some rapids. Breeding and Harbough were able to make it to shore, but Mr. Godfrey was pulled under and believed drowned. This began an intensive search for Mr. Godfrey by personnel from the National Park Service, U. S. Forest Service, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and many local volunteers. Working every day with a wide variety of rescue squad members, agency employees, volunteers and friends and family, the search continued. Resources were brought in from as far away as Knoxville, Tennessee, and Bell County, Kentucky. Searches were conducted utilizing ground search teams, dog teams, boats, sonar, underwater cameras and divers. The river was searched extensively between the point of the accident and the Turkey Creek boat ramp. At times heavy flood waters hampered the search, but did not deter the efforts of the many people looking for Mr. Godfrey.
Did You Know?
Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.