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12-year-old girl drowns near Colbert County dam

Georgia Myrick (Source: Family) Georgia Myrick (Source: Family)
Georgia Myrick (Source: Family) Georgia Myrick (Source: Family)
A 12-year-old girl drowned near Wilson Dam. (Source: WAFF) A 12-year-old girl drowned near Wilson Dam. (Source: WAFF)
Wilson Dam (Source: WAFF) Wilson Dam (Source: WAFF)

Muscle Shoals police confirm a 12-year-old girl drowned near Wilson Dam on Wednesday.

Authorities identified her as Georgia Myrick.

First responders found her stuck in the drainage pipe between the waterfall and the river on the trail on Wednesday afternoon. Responders say she was sucked into the pipe near the waterfall at the rock pile.

Muscle Shoals police say it took crews less than an hour to get her out, but they did have to use the jaws of life.

Police confirmed she had drowned.

They got the initial call at about 2:45 p.m. The caller said the child went missing near the waterfall right by the dam and possibly drowned.

Colbert County EMA director Mike Melton said he's happy with the emergency response and how well everyone worked together. He said this type of call hasn't happened here before.

TVA and Sheffield police will do a joint investigation to find out what caused this and how they can prevent it from happening again. They plan to release their findings later on.

For now, the rock pile is closed to the public.

TVA released the following statement:

No words can express the sadness all of us at TVA feel for the Myrick family over the loss of Georgia. TVA Police are in the process completing their investigation into this incident. When the TVA Police have completed their investigation we will release the findings. Because this is an active investigation, we cannot provide any additional information regarding this incident.

We would like to thank all of the first responders, hospital staff and TVA employees responded to this incident. Your efforts were heroic.

Georgia's family said she turned 12 on May 26. She visited her grandparents every summer and each time asked to see the waterfall. The family said it was her favorite place in the Shoals.

The family plans to hold a memorial service for Georgia when they get back from her funeral in Tennessee. They also wanted to thank all the emergency personnel for their quick response trying to save Georgia.

The waterfall at the TVA rock pile recreation area is about 500 yards from where police have taped off, and TVA security are not letting anyone near the area until the investigation is complete.

Police said she was playing in the water and somehow got swept into the drain that funnels into the Tennessee River underneath the trail. The Colbert County EMA director said the pipe she was stuck in was about 18 inches wide.

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