The northwest Georgia teenager, who died after falling into the waters of Black Creek in the gorge beneath Noccalula Falls Tuesday night, has now been identified as a resident of Silver Creek – Lacey Alexis Head.
Gadsden Fire Chief Stephen Carroll told media outlets that dispatchers had been notified of an emergency situation near Noccalula Falls Park at 6:46pm – where a group of hikers from Rome had been visiting the area. The group had reportedly been skipping from one rock to another along the creek, when a 19 year old female slipped and fell into the rushing waters.
Two police officers were first to arrive on the scene and locate the young woman – and they immediately began CPR. Rescue workers soon arrived and took over – however, they were unable to revive the victim and she was pronounced dead at the scene after almost an hour of life-saving efforts.
It took almost another hour to remove her body from the remote location.
Emergency personnel also helped extricate two other hikers who were trapped on a rock in the gorge.