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UPDATE: Rome Teen Drowns at Little River Canyon

Jun 16, 2013 -- 8:40am
By: David Crowder (WEISS News ) & Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News) 

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. 

A teen believed to be from Cedartown drowned at Little River Canyon Saturday evening.
According to Weiss News Radio, DeKalb County, Alabama authorities confirmed the death of the 19-year-old boy whose name has not yet been released yet. 
He was reportedly swimming at Martha’s Falls, formerly Little Falls, which is a popular swimming area at Little River Canyon National Preserve. 
Law enforcement say the boy’s friend told the National Park Service he went under and never came up.  
This story is still developing; we’ll bring you more information as we have it. 

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