STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Monday rescue at Little River Canyon

Little River Canyon; Photo Credit: National Park Service

A man drowned on Sunday afternoon. Monday, a 21-year-old woman was rescued.

Posted: May 25, 2020 5:06 PM
Updated: May 26, 2020 11:37 AM

UPDATE: We now know more details surrounding the rescue. Park Ranger Matt Switzer tells WAAY31 Kenzie Wetzel, a 21-year-old female from Douglasville, GA was walking near Little River Falls when she slipped on a rock. She fell into the water and was caught in the current in cold water. She was able to hold on to rocks to wait for help. First responders were there within minutes. Crews used a helicopter to get Wetzel to the parking lot. That's where DAS determined she should be taken to the hospital. 

Agencies involved: National Park Service rangers, Fischer Rescue Squad, Fort Payne Fire Department, Dogtown Volunteer Fire Department, DeKalb Ambulance Service (DAS), Cherokee County Sheriff Office, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) State Troopers and ALEA Aviation, and Air Evac Lifeteam.

__________________________________________

UPDATE: Officials tell WAAY31 a 21-year-old was rescued and flown to the hospital. Crews were pulled the woman from a rock in the water. 

ALEA, Fischer Rescue Squad, Fort Payne and Dog Town Fire and Scottsboro Airovac all were involved in the rescue. 

__________________________________________

Officials at Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne say a rescue operation is underway.

Matthew Switzer, preserve spokesman, said rescuers have not been able to get to the woman to assess her condition. 

Her condition is not known at of 6 p.m. Monday.

The rescue operation is expected to last for the next couple hours.

A 23-year-old Indiana man drowned while swimming at Little Falls on Sunday. He's been identified as Austin Roland Bates of Greentown, Ind.

Stay with WAAY 31 for updates.

Huntsville/Madison
Mostly Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 37°
Muscle Shoals
Mostly Cloudy
45° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 40°
Huntsville/Madison
Mostly Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 40°
Decatur
Mostly Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 37°
Fort Payne
Mostly Cloudy
49° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 49°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 445909

Reported Deaths: 6896
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson651891049
Mobile32138590
Madison28596223
Tuscaloosa21703276
Montgomery20220336
Shelby19584138
Baldwin17496216
Lee13378109
Morgan12741145
Etowah12196189
Calhoun11626228
Marshall10513126
Houston9097168
Limestone842481
Cullman8363125
Elmore8283112
Lauderdale7986112
DeKalb7935112
St. Clair7915139
Talladega6552112
Walker6068184
Jackson605649
Colbert560194
Blount551794
Autauga544065
Coffee470569
Dale415186
Franklin378150
Russell362816
Chilton348079
Covington344681
Escambia342244
Tallapoosa3184109
Dallas314197
Chambers308575
Clarke307339
Pike267735
Lawrence256958
Marion255763
Winston235243
Bibb224751
Geneva214747
Marengo212031
Pickens201831
Barbour188240
Hale187444
Fayette181230
Butler175960
Cherokee167433
Henry161325
Monroe153521
Randolph148236
Washington144027
Clay131050
Crenshaw126245
Macon124337
Cleburne123627
Lamar121324
Lowndes117636
Wilcox109422
Bullock105829
Perry100518
Conecuh98222
Sumter90828
Greene78323
Coosa64619
Choctaw52224
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 712406

Reported Deaths: 9162
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby792151211
Davidson73395716
Knox40479455
Hamilton36114353
Rutherford34354299
Unassigned23968147
Williamson22359154
Sumner18891245
Out of TN1653784
Montgomery15282156
Wilson14907170
Sullivan13036229
Blount12443136
Washington12236209
Maury11346133
Bradley11329104
Sevier10910128
Putnam10222153
Madison9387188
Robertson795288
Hamblen7286128
Anderson7054116
Greene6790120
Tipton640975
Coffee579088
Gibson5777118
Dickson560285
Cumberland557079
Bedford547895
Roane537585
McMinn526874
Lawrence525870
Carter5229124
Loudon512755
Warren511659
Jefferson499478
Dyer488587
Monroe472865
Hawkins462477
Franklin427768
Fayette416753
Obion407686
Rhea392858
Lincoln388549
Cocke360666
Marshall358541
Cheatham351232
Weakley347350
Campbell339842
Henderson339262
Giles335776
Carroll319062
White318350
Hardeman316755
Hardin307551
Lauderdale300635
Macon296354
Henry270761
Wayne270425
Overton260646
McNairy250144
DeKalb248545
Haywood245651
Marion237034
Smith235830
Claiborne231834
Trousdale231017
Scott230932
Hickman230337
Grainger218241
Fentress218036
Johnson205835
Morgan197417
Crockett184139
Chester179539
Bledsoe178811
Unicoi170347
Cannon162223
Lake158522
Polk151417
Decatur149028
Union146525
Grundy144222
Sequatchie143020
Humphreys138117
Benton134435
Lewis131321
Meigs119817
Stewart112621
Jackson107024
Clay96926
Perry96725
Houston95126
Moore8359
Pickett69221
Van Buren6769
Hancock4267

Community Events