Recent Pisgah Graduate Dies after Jumping Off DeSoto Falls

ZACHARY GOOLESBY
18-year-old Zachary Goolesby dies after after diving off DeSoto Falls in an apparent swimming accident.

MENTONE, Ala. (AP) – An 18-year-old man who had just graduated from Pisgah High School last month has died after diving off DeSoto Falls in an apparent swimming accident.

Multiple news outlets report Zachary Ryan Goolesby jumped off the falls Monday around 12:30 p.m. His body was found two hours later. Police say Goolesby was visiting the falls with a few friends.

Officials say the water was apparently not as deep at it appeared from the surface. DeSoto Park Police Officer Josh Hughes says the water level is low right now. The falls are more than 100 feet high.

Michael Stone with the DeSoto Rescue Squad says this is the first call in a few years of someone jumping from the falls.

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