On Tuesday Morning Chastain Burdette a 12-year-old Monroe County Boy drowned and his older 17 year old brother identified as James Burdette was later rescued after the pair went out on the rocks at High Falls State Park.
Chastain Burdette died just south of Joseph Proctor Bridge in northern Monroe County. Family and friends at the scene embraced each other as his 17-year-old brother James was later pulled from the water as he held onto a rocky area in the fast moving water. The rescue was made by a Georgia State Patrol helicopter. The teen reportedly got stuck at the bottom of the falls.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, GSP Helicopter, Department of Natural Resources, and Bibb County Sheriff’s Department water dive team responded to the scene.
High Falls State Park is a 1,050-acre Georgia state park located near the city of Jackson in Monroe County.
Sgt. Lawson Bittick said that the two youths went below the dam of High Falls and apparently one fell into the fast moving water and the second was swept downstream but later located in the river. Both individuals were from Monroe County.
The Georgia State Patrol Helicopter maneuvered into the area and was able to retrieve the young teen from the river.
As in many areas of the state Monroe County schools are on fall break.
WKEU would like to thank Sheriff John Carey Bittick, and his staff for the Departments assistance in this news story. The WKEU family prayers go out to the Burdette family.