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Search Continues For West GA Man Feared Drowned In Chattahoochee

Search crews are still in the Chattahoochee River this afternoon, hoping to recover the body of the 28-year old west Georgia man who went missing near McIntosh Reserve in Carroll County Saturday.
 
Carroll County Fire/Rescue Deputy Chief Bud Benefield says the search has now focused on a 3/4 mile area with an average depth of 8 to 20 feet.
 
"The area of river we are searching across here is roughly 400 feet wide," Benefield told WLBB Radio Monday afternoon. " It's extremely rocky terrain under the water. Our divers are reporting rocks as large as a vehicle under water."
 
Benefield says crews will be on site through the night if need be.
He is calling for those visiting the river to stay clear of the boat ramp at Highway 16 while the search continues.
 
"It is closed until further notice because of the rescue operation that's taking place," he said. "We have lines rigged across the river and we ask that recreational boating to cease until we complete this operation because of the water craft, lines in the river and divers in the water."
 
The missing man reportedly was attending a birthday party at McIntosh Reserve on Saturday. He had been swimming, then disappeared beneath the surface of the river.
 
Authorities are still discussing the incident with family members, so they have not released the man's identification.
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