2 girls drown while swimming in Blount County

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BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. – Two girls drowned Saturday while swimming in the Locust Fork River.

According to our newspartners at al.com, the Blount County Sheriff’s Department says the bodies of two sisters ages 11 and 13 have been recovered.

Blount County Sheriff’s Operations Officer Tim Kent says “They got out (in the water) and got caught up in the current, and they got into trouble,”

Officials say the father of the two girls was with them at the time of the incident.

One of the girls was located relatively quickly, Officer Kent said. The second was found at around 7:45 p.m.

Kent said the location where the girls were swimming appeared to be a popular swimming hole near Deans Ferry Road.

Two other swimmers showed up just after the girls disappeared and tried to help rescue them, Kent said.

A state helicopter participated in the search for the girls.

The Warrior Fire Department shared this message on it’s Facebook page:

The Blount County Coroner John Mark Vaughn says the identities of the girls won’t be released until they have a chance to speak with the parents.

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