Father, son drown while kayaking on Tallapoosa River
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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