London woman dies on rafting trip

A Laurel County woman has died in New Zealand during a family rafting trip, Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling said Monday.

Bowling said he received word Sunday that the victim was Carolyn Lackey, 59, the wife of London businessman Tom Lackey.

According to the Associated Press, New Zealand Police Senior Sgt. Stuart Fleming said Lackey, her husband, their son and daughter-in law were on the Mohaka River in New Zealand's North Island when they all fell out of the raft.

While the three others were carried downstream and managed to scramble ashore, Carolyn Lackey became pinned under a rock and drowned, Fleming said.

"It was a recreational rafting trip, a family one, and there were no commercial operators involved," Fleming said.

New Zealand authorities were reporting the woman's first name as Caroline, but Bowling said the correct name was Carolyn.

Carolyn Lackey's body has been recovered.

Because of the time difference between New Zealand and Kentucky, Bowling said, he did not know exactly when the accident happened. He said her family was still in New Zealand.

"We're just trying to put the pieces together," Bowling said.

Bowling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which were pending Monday.