Father and Son Die in Kayaking Accident

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


A boating accident claims the life of a father and his 3-year-old son. Jason Smith and his four sons were out kayaking in the Tallapoosa River. Smith and his 3 and 4-year-old sons were in one kayak while his older sons were in another. Cleburne County Coroner, Tracy Lambert says the current became rapid and when Smith tried to grab a tree branch to slow down, the kayak overturned. One of Smith’s older sons was able to grab hold of the 4-year-old, but could not reach Smith or the 3-year-old. Neither Smith nor the 3-year-old were wearing life jackets at the time. Their bodies were recovered on Monday.


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