One brother dead, one rescued after being swept over the falls at Georgia park

One brother dead, one rescued after being swept over the falls at Georgia park

October 12th, 2017 by Associated Press in Breaking News

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — Two brothers were swept over the falls at a Georgia park, leaving one boy dead.

News outlets report that 12-year-old Christian Burdette drowned Tuesday morning at High Falls State Park after the about 20-feet (6.1-meter) fall. Monroe County Emergency Management Director Matthew Perry says responding crews saw 17-year-old James Burdette in a shallow area on a rock.

Perry says high water levels made the area he was found in inaccessible by boat, requiring an air rescue by a crew from Kennesaw.

James Burdette was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. His current condition is unknown.

Perry says it appeared the boys had strayed from hiking trails before their fall.