Park visitor drowns at Little River Canyon State Park

Published: Apr. 11, 2019 at 4:13 PM CDT
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CHEROKEE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A park visitor is dead after drowning at Little River Canyon State Park.

A Little River Canyon press release states a 23 year-old male from Lithia Springs, Georgia was swimming with friends when the incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday. Bystanders called 911, and National Park Service Law Enforcement Rangers responded to the scene, working in cooperation with several agencies, including Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, Fort Payne Fire Department, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Fischer Rescue Squad, and DeKalb Ambulance Service.

Rescuers found the victim near the center of the basin at the bottom of the falls.

The victim’s name has not been released.

The incident remains under investigation.

“Little River Canyon National Preserve Acting Superintendent Wade Lewis and park staff express their sincere sympathy to the family,”rangers said in the news release.

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