An accident occurred in a state park that endangered the lives of two brothers, leaving one child dead, while another sibling was rescued before it was all too late.
Authorities confirmed that a teen drowned at High Falls State Park on Tuesday. The Monroe County Emergency Services also said that another teen was later rescued. It said in a social media post: “Child has been rescued. He will be taken to one of our ambulances to be assessed and transported for evaluation.”
The authorities also said that the recent rains caused the water levels to raise, and assumed that such may have contributed to the unfortunate accident.
Video footage shown on Channel 2 Action News at 4 showed the rescue efforts of a helicopter and firefighter to lift James Burdette, 17, into the air at the state park.
The Monroe County Emergency Management Director said that James and his younger 12-year-old brother Christian went off a trail and were swept off the top of an area near the falls and plummeted around 12 feet. Unfortunately, Christian drowned.
The authorities have yet to confirm whether the brothers, both minors, went to the state park by themselves unaccompanied by adults, or if their parents or other relatives or guardians were with them at the time of the accident.
Many residents and other people who saw the social media posts on the rescue efforts for the brothers offered their prayers for the success of the operations, and the safety of the other child, after it was established that the other brother has died from the accident.
Some also asked if the children are from a local family, or if they were visiting from another town. Others also offered to help in any way, they can. Most expressed sadness and grief especially as the accident involved children in a place they were supposing to be having fun.