The life of a beloved Alabama coach was cut short when his kayak was pulled into a drainpipe, resulting in his death. Johnny Henderson III was kayaking with his children at the time of the deadly drowning accident. He managed to get his children to safety before he lost his life.
Henderson, of Hazel Green, Alabama, and his children were on the water when flood waters surged. The father was able to get his children out of the water to safety before the kayak in which he was in was swept away by the flood waters.
Heavy rain had fallen in the days immediately following the tragic death of Johnny Green. Green was not the only individual killed in the aftermath of the heavy rain. Some areas in Alabama endured record amounts of rain, surpassing totals last seen in the state in 1953. The rains were associated with remnants of hurricane Nicholas.
The strong currents resulted in the kayak containing the 35-year-old father being swept into a nearby drainpipe. Once being pulled into the drainpipe, Henderson was killed as the result of drowning. His body was found a relatively short time after the disaster.
There is a question as to the extent of warnings that were issued by officials in regard to the potential for rising and raging waters before Green and his children entered the water to kayak. The state of Alabama had faced challenging weather conditions in the days proceeding the drowning death of Johnny Green. Indeed, many southern U.S. states endured horrific weather conditions.
Before his tragic death, Johnny Henderson had been a popular coach in the local school district. Hazel Green Elementary School issued a statement following the tragedy:
Our hearts are saddened at the passing of Mr. Johnny Henderson, husband of Allison Watson Henderson, 1st-grade teacher at Hazel Green Elementary School. The Henderson family is active in our school and community. We offer our heartfelt condolences to their family and friends. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
In addition, a fellow coach issued a statement on the drowning accident death of Johnny Green:
This is an extremely tough loss for our community. Coach Johnny Henderson has been and will always be such an asset to our park. We will always appreciate his efforts and time to help make our park a better place. He will be truly missed.
The county coroner summed up his conclusions following an autopsy and forensic examination of the remains of the deceased father:
He was kayaking with his children near their home when the water current became very strong pulling them near a drainage pipe. He was able to get his children to safety from the kayak before later succumbing to the current of the dangerous waters.
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