8 saved in just weeks at Little River

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) - Park rangers at Little River Canyon National reserve said eight people were rescued in the last few weeks after jumping from the waterfalls or trying to swim across the river below them.

Chief Ranger Kim Kirk said the only injury at Little Falls near Fort Payne occurred when a woman fell and hurt her hip after being helped to shore.

Most had been stranded on one side of the river after being pulled by currents and did not have the energy to swim back. The falls are about a half-mile downstream from Little River Falls where a Mobile man died last May while trying to save his 5-year-old son.

Kirk said people will often go to the smaller falls because it is illegal to jump off the higher ones.
Information compiled by AP from: The Huntsville Times,

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