UPDATE: The first drowning death of the season at Little River Canyon occurred over the weekend, claiming the life of a 19-year-old Rome teen.
WAFF-TV in Huntsville reports that Ricardo Perez of Rome was with friends crossing Little River when he slipped under the water at Martha’s Falls. His friends tried to help him, but they were unable to find him, calling authorities around 8pm.
Perez’s body was found an hour later in nine feet of water.
Though this is the first drowning at the popular National Preserve this year, Little River Canyon Superintendent Gail Bishop says there have been four rescues along the river.
The National Park Service does ask people to refrain from swimming across Little River, the underlying force of water currents generated by the movement down rocky falls and ledges.
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