14-year-old Georgia boy dies after drowning at Little River Canyon National Preserve

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(MGN Online)

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ala. –Authorities confirmed a 14-year-old boy from Georgia died Saturday at Little River Canyon National Preserve.

Cherokee County Coroner Dr. Jeremy Deaton identified the victim as Josue Andres Lopez.

Officials said they were called to a possible drowning near Martha Falls around 1:30 p.m. They said the Lopez went under the water and never resurfaced. Around 3:15 p.m. officials said his body was recovered downstream from where the incident occurred.

First responders from Dekalb Ambulance Service, Dekalb County Rescue Squad, US National Park Rangers, Fisher Rescue Team, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Water Patrol Division and Aviation division all helped with the search.

Authorities said Lopez is a student at Rome City School System in Rome, GA.

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