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Fundraising page set up for family of father, son drowning victims
Joshua Kistler, left, is pictured with son Jaxon, 6, and wife Gretchen Kistler.

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What: Fundraising effort for Lumpkin County drowning victims

Where: GoFundMe page

More than $25,000 has been raised since a Dahlonega man and his son drowned at a popular Lumpkin County swimming spot.

Joshua Kistler, 38, and son Jaxon, 6, drowned Tuesday afternoon while sliding off a rock at Dicks Creek Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

The accident was reported just before 2 p.m. at the falls, which is off Dicks Creek Road.

“The witnesses saw them slide off the rock and go below the surface,” Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chris Pfrogner said Wednesday. “The son slid off the rock after the father. And the father was trying to help him back up on the rock, and eventually he drowned and the son drowned as well.”

Family friend Brigette Barker set up a GoFundMe page for the family, which had $25,665 at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Barker emailed a statement to The Times on behalf of the family.

“They are so thankful for the outpouring of love from the community and can  feel everyone's prayers helping them in their hardest moments. They are overwhelmed and humbled by the communities response to the Josh & Jaxon Memorial GoFundMe page, but more than anything ask for prayers during this difficult time,” Barker wrote.

Responders from U.S. Forest Service, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Hall and Forsyth county sheriff’s offices assisted Lumpkin County sheriff, fire and emergency rescue workers at the site.

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