Dangerous dam in northeast Alabama claims another victim

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) – A woman’s body was pulled from an Alabama creek and authorities are searching for a man who also jumped in.

AL.com reports Etowah County Coroner London Pearce says 39-year-old Betty Ann Moon apparently drowned Sunday morning in Big Wills Creek.

Gadsden police Sgt. Mark Henderson says a woman and two men were fishing when she decided to dive in above a dam that is, along with a pump house nearby, remnants of a shuttered steel plant.

Henderson says one of the men jumped in after the woman was carried over the dam downstream. The remaining man notified authorities.

The 2015 search for a drowned kayaker resulted in the death of a county rescue squad member at the same site, since then signs warning about hazardous waters have been posted.

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Gadsden, Ala. (WDEF) – Two years ago this same mini-dam claimed two more lives.

A kayaker drowned after being thrown into the water and a rescue squad member drowned trying to save her.

At the time, city leaders looked for ways to make sure the tragedy would never happen again.

They posted signs.

City councilman told WIAT TV back then “The under-current will pull you under there if you’re not careful.”

“I advise and beg people, don’t get in right here in this water right here. Don’t get in boats, kayaks, canoes or whatever, be safe don’t be sorry.”

Big Wills Creek is a popular kayaking, fishing and camping creek that parallels I-59 (to the west) at Gadsden.

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