Pigeon River at high water

DEADLY — While some parts of the Pigeon River are shallow and smooth, other parts can be deadly, especially during times of high water.

A Clyde man has passed away after drowning in the Pigeon River in Canton.

At about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, emergency responders were dispatched to the area of 210 Filter Plant Road, not far from the Canton recreation park to a call that Kenneth Lee Griffin, 49, had been underwater for an extended period of time.

According to a press release sent out by the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, by the time law enforcement arrived, an ambulance was already en route to Mission Hospital, where Griffin later passed away.

The release briefly mentions how Griffin went underwater for so long.

“It is reported Griffin had been swimming in the river just above the filter plant intake in Canton and had accessed the water from a trail approximately 50 yards above the building,” the release reads, adding that lifesaving measures were administered before he was transported to the hospital. “All parties on scene advised that Mr. Griffin went under the water and ended up below the building for the filter plant intake.”

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