UPDATE: 16-year-old boy drowns at High Falls in DeKalb County

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GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) -- The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office confirms a teen drowned Saturday afternoon at High Falls outside of Geraldine.

Officials tell WHNT News 19 the victim is 16-year-old Gavin Paul Brooks.  DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson says Brooks is from Union Grove in Marshall County.

Multiple rescue teams responded to the call, which came in around 5 p.m. Saturday.

"We had folks here swimming," Sheriff Jimmy Harris said.  "One guy slipped and fell and went under. His friends were trying to get him out of the water."

Sheriff Harris says the teen slipped and fell off a ledge, and went under the swiftly moving water.

Another teen was injured and stranded on nearby rocks when rescue teams got to the scene.

Search crews found the victim's body not far from where they say he slipped and fell, about two hours after the initial call came in.


Other teens were at the scene, but they are okay, Sheriff Harris says.

Sheriff Harris says while swimming is allowed at the falls, it gets dangerous when the water is high.

"It's just a tragic thing that we're used to down here, we have injuries, people fall off two or three times a year or more," Sheriff Harris said.

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