Authorities Confirm Drowning of Teen at Little River Canyon
FORT PAYNE, Ala. (Press Release)– Around 1:45 p.m. Friday, a park visitor drowned at Little River Falls at Little River Canyon National Preserve.
The body was recovered at approximately 2:40 p.m. by Fischer Rescue Squad and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency State Trooper.
An 18 year-old male from Adairsville, Georgia was swimming with friends when the incident occurred.
Bystanders called 911 and National Park Service (NPS) Law Enforcement Rangers responded to the scene, working in cooperation with several agencies, including DeKalb and Cherokee County Emergency Management Agencies, Adamsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Fort Payne Fire Department, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Fischer Rescue Squad, DeKalb Ambulance Service, and Cherokee EMS. Rescuers were able to locate the victim near the center of the basin at the bottom of the falls.
Little River Canyon National Preserve Superintendent Steve Black and park staff express their sincere sympathy to the family.
The incident remains under investigation.
The Dekalb County Daily News has video of first responders heading to the scene.
This is the second death at Little River Canyon in the last week.
A 57-year-old man from Rome, Georgia fell over the falls after climbing over an overlook at the railing on Tuesday.