UPDATED: Two People Rescued After Falling Off DeKalb County Bluff

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Two people were hurt after falling from a bluff in the northern part of DeKalb County Thursday night.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office confirms two people were rescued just north of Ider. The area is called Deer Head Cove and is very near the Georgia line.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris said the victims are 22 years old and 23 years old. The two men were reportedly both taken for emergency care after the rescue.

Matt Woods, a volunteer with Fischer Rescue Squad, tells WHNT News 19 he was at the rescue. He said DeKalb County 911 contacted his group around 11:30 p.m. Thursday and they quickly joined a number of law enforcement and emergency crews on scene.

Woods estimates the individuals fell at most 75-100 feet. Both were found alive but injured. Woods said the men told rescuers that one of them was hunting arrowheads and fell. When his companion tried to rescue him, he also fell.

The medical condition of the two men as of Friday morning is unknown.

Fischer Rescue Squad is a volunteer, privately-funded, rescue team which aids primarily in rescue and recovery efforts near Little River Canyon.


  • johnny walker

    arrowheads are found in freshly tilled fields you buffoons not on the edge of a bluff

  • J Woods

    Matt is my husband. I sent WHNT a tip last night when the call came in. I often do that for the rescue squad. Michelle Stark called me today, and I directed her to call my husband, since I only relayed the information that came out on the text. I know that when they spoke, Matt mentioned that he knew that several, several organizations responded…. From both Alabama and Georgia, but that he wouldn’t be able to give her a comprehensive list. I think he deferred that to maybe county 911, as he knew he’d leave someone out. Since FRS is volunteer, we often try to keep news agencies up-to-date on operations so that the community is aware of what the squad does. My “tip” was just that. A tip. Which was all I had…. As the tip-giver, we ended up being contacted. I am sincerely sorry that other agencies were not named in the report. As most first responders know, it very often takes many agencies working together to complete a task.

  • KB

    Arrowheads can be found just about anywhere, not just in a freshly tilled field. I have found them on bluffs, near creeks, my back yard and near the ocean. Native Americans lived and hunted in a vast amount of areas. BUT, I wouldn’t be hunting them at night.

  • Stacy

    He wasn’t hunting them at night. When he fell it was still daylight. 2 hrs later my stepson went looking for him and thought he could help but fell even further then the first guy.

  • SM

    Really!!! Why do people that are so negative want to comment on
    something terrible such as this? You people need to think about
    how you would feel if someone was leaving a negative feed back
    about your love one. I’m praying for the victims to have a fast

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