During search efforts Tuesday, aerial video showed a rescue boat speeding through a wide, fast-moving section of the river as crews searched for the boy. Though it’s not known what caused the teen to go under the water, Barner said the river’s currents are strong, even for skilled swimmers.
Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, at least three drownings were reported in North Georgia, but none in the Chattahoochee.
On Lake Lanier, the search continued Wednesday for a Cobb County man who left his inflatable raft to retrieve an oar when he went under. Xi Zhu, 56, of Marietta, never resurfaced after going under in the Shoal Creek area, investigators said.
In Lumpkin County, a 15-year-old was swimming with family members Monday afternoon in Dicks Creek within the Chattahoochee National Forest when he slipped on a rock and went under, the Department of Natural Resources said. On Tuesday, the county coroner identified the boy as Michael Cole Jr., who lived in Lithonia.
In northwest Georgia, a 3-year-old was found unresponsive in Carter’s Lake in Murray County, according to the DNR. Family members attempted lifesaving measures before game wardens and deputies arrived, but the child did not survive.