Hazel Green man drowns in Sunday accident


HAZEL GREEN, Ala. – Tyler Berryhill with the Madison County Coroner’s Office confirmed the victim of a kayaking accident on Sunday.

Berryhill said Johnny Henderson III, 35, of Hazel Green, drowned on Sunday afternoon.

The family has said Henderson was playing with his kids in their backyard while grilling hamburgers. A ditch had flooded from the heavy rainfall, and Henderson and his son were playing in the water with a toy kayak.

A drainage pipe in the area wasn’t visible because of the high water levels.

Both Henderson and his son were swept away when the current picked up, but Henderson was able to get his son to safety before disappearing into the water, a family member said.

Emergency workers searched the area and later discovered Henderson’s body in the floodwaters. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Henderson’s visitation was scheduled to take place Tuesday evening. His funeral was scheduled for Wednesday.

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