Father, son drown while kayaking on Tallapoosa River

Published: May. 29, 2017 at 4:07 PM CDT|Updated: May. 29, 2017 at 5:08 PM CDT
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CLEBURNE COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A father and son drowned while kayaking on the Tallapoosa River Sunday afternoon near the Highway 9 bridge.

Authorities have identified the father as 34-year-old Jason Smith.

Cleburne County Coroner Tracy Lambert says Smith was with his three sons on the river around 5 p.m.

Smith, his 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons were in one kayak, while his 12-year-old son was in another.

Lambert says the water picked up speed and Smith grabbed a tree limb in attempt to prevent the kayak from flipping, but was not successful.

The 12-year-old saw them go underwater and was able to rescue his 4-year-old brother.

The bodies of Smith and his 3-year-old son were discovered on Monday.

Authorities say neither were wearing life jackets when the kayak flipped.

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