Man rescued after falling into river near Little Falls

Man rescued after falling into river near Little Falls

April 25th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

A man was rescued after falling into the river near the Little Falls area at Little River Canyon National Reserve, according to a news release. 

A 17-year-old man from Huntsville, Al., and two other friends jumped into the river, but when they attempted to exit one one of them fell back into the water and was swept down river. 

A bystander alerted authorities and a search was performed. 

Rescuers were able to locate the individual under an overhang along the east side of the river. 

A technical rescue was utilized to extricate him to the bluff where he was assisted to a transport vehicle. Medical personnel assessed him and remained with him throughout the extrication and transport to the staging area.

The Park Service would like to remind everyone that this time of year the river levels can fluctuate rapidly and water temperatures remain cold. With increased rains over the last several days, Little River has been experiencing record high water levels. This greatly increases the dangers associated with the river.