The river in the area is fairly small and shallow, Pfrogner said. But it can be deceiving to swimmers because of the current and undertows, he said.
Divers found the bodies of 38-year-old Joshua Kistler and his son, Jaxon, later Tuesday. The two lived in Dahlonega.
The Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forestry investigators assisted Lumpkin deputies, along with the Hall and Forsyth county sheriff’s offices. No foul play is suspected, Pfrogner said.
“It’s just a terrible accident,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family.”
Others witnessed the father and son go under the water, but were not close enough to help, the Sheriff’s Office said.
“It’s going to affect pretty much the whole community,” Cliff Hooker, a family friend, told Channel 2 Action News. “I mean, everybody in that family is heartbroken,” he said.
A Dahlonega Sheriff says the man's son was having trouble swimming when he jumped in and tried to save him.