Sunday July 22nd, 2018 6:03PM

Father, son drown in Lumpkin County

By AccessWDUN Staff

A father and his 6-year-old son were the victims of a drowning Tuesday afternoon in Lumpkin County. 

The Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office said deputies along with Lumpkin County Fire and EMS personnel were called to Dicks Creek Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest at 1:56 p.m. Tuesday.

The Sheriff's Office identified the victims as Joshua Kistler, 38, and his son Jaxon Kistler, both of Dahlonega.

Lumpkin County Sheriff's Lt. Chris Pfrogner said the two were sliding off of rocks into a pool of water. He said the current in the area was strong.

"They were having difficulty staying above the water," Pfrogner said. "The father tried getting his son above the water, but was unsuccessful."

Pfrogner said the area where the two were swimming is a popular recreation area in the county.

"Numerous witnesses observed the tragic accident and no foul play is suspected," Pfrogner said. "It was just a tragic accident." 

The Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forestry Service, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the recovery effort, according to Pfrogner. 

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