WATCH: Video shows tense moments before rescue of teen at High Falls
FORSYTH, Ga. -- Exclusive video provided to WGXA shows the tense moments leading up to the rescue of James Burdette, the 17-year-old who was rescued from rushing waters at High Falls State Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Burdette became trapped when he and his younger brother, 12-year-old Christian Burdette, were swept over the falls Tuesday morning, plummeting 20 to 25 feet.
Christian Burdette died in the accident.
First responders worked for hours to rescue James Burdette from the rapid waters of river following his fall. Monroe County Emergency Management Director Matthew Perry reported that recent heavy rains caused water conditions that prevented fire-rescue crews from getting to him. Eventually, a rope rescue technician with the Cobb County Fire Department was brought in to lift the teen to safety.
This new video shows just how intense the water around James Burdette was. Previous video from another angle does not accurately portray the dire nature of the situation the young man and first responders were facing.
After the rescue Wednesday afternoon, Perry said that the rescue was delayed because they wanted to be sure James Burdette and the rescue crews stayed safe.
On Wednesday, loved ones brought balloons, candles and other items to the bridge above the place where the boys were walking when the accident occurred to begin a makeshift memorial for Christian Burdette.
The boys' loved ones at their church, High Falls Baptist Church, released balloons in the younger Burdette's honor Wednesday evening.