A father and son drowned at Dick's Creek Falls at Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia.
Photo: Barrett Hall via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Photo: Barrett Hall via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Father, 6-year-old son drown at waterfall in Georgia

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Just before 2 p.m., police and firefighters were called to Dick’s Creek Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Lt. Chris Pfrogner with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

“When the father and son went off the rocks and into the water, they had trouble staying above the water,” Pfrogner said.

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The river in the area is fairly small and shallow, but it can be deceiving to swimmers because of the current and undertows, Pfrogner said. 

Divers found the bodies of 38-year-old Joshua Kistler and his son, Jaxon, later Tuesday. The two lived in Dahlonega.

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The Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forestry investigators assisted Lumpkin deputies, along with the Hall and Forsyth county sheriff’s offices. No foul play is suspected, Pfrogner said. 

“It’s just a terrible accident,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family.”

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