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UPDATE: Efforts still underway to find missing parent and child in Bibb Pond

COLUMBUS, Ga (WRBL) - UPDATE: 03/30/18 4:00 P.M. 

Chief Watson says they are constantly going back over areas and expanding out each time to find a father and son who went missing at Bibb Pond.

He says they are moving a little further to the West. He says the closer they get to the dam the easier it is to see further. Watson says they are planning to go until dark Friday night. He says the divers are able to see out about three feet, as opposed to yesterday when they could only see 18 inches.

He says they need the water temperature to come up so it will alleviate some of the diver's stress.

Watson says his team is giving this everything they have. He says, "We always feel hopeful."

UPDATE: 03/30/18 2:52 p.m.


Chief Bryan Watson, of Columbus Fire, says that new sonar equipment on the boats is providing much better imaging for the search for the 4 year old boy and his father that, went missing Wednesday evening.

Today's weather is allowing for a clearer aerial view from the helicopter, which Watson says has allowed his team of 20 to search the area more efficiently and expand the search area. 

The 20 person search crew consists of 3 boats, 5 divers, and a crew on the helicopter.


UPDATE:03/29/18 4:00 p.m

Officials say they are still on the search for a parent and child they believe drowned in the Bibb Pond.

Officials say the diver's visibility is about 18 inches and they are operating strictly through touch as they try to find the bodies.

Officials say they were not out in the water or on the rocks instead they were where they were legally allowed to be. The divers have been in the water approximately eight hours. Officials say they are going to start wrapping up the search efforts around 5 p.m. 

Officials say they met with the family twice and they will meet with them again in the morning.

UPDATE: 03/29/18 11:00 a.m. 

Officials confirmed the search is underway for two victims who drowned in the Bibb Pond Wednesday afternoon. 

The sergeant says they were down there fishing and they believe the four-year-old may have fallen in and the 27-year-old father went in there after them. Officials say this is the account given by witnesses. Officials say when the two fell into the water the water was generating. Officials say other people were down there fishing and say the two were not wearing life jackets.

Officials say they now have five divers in the water searching for the bodies. 

Officials say they have bad weather coming in later and when they do they will have to get their divers out of the water for their safety.

Georgia Power says they can hold off until 7.pm Thursday night, but they will have to be out after 7 p.m. 

Officials say please wear a life jacket if you are down by that water. Georgia Power will ring a siren and when you hear that siren you have three minutes to exit the river area before water comes rushing in. 



UPDATE: 03/29/18


Chief Watson, of the Columbus Fire Department, tells New's 3 they will hold a news conference at 11:00 a.m.


ORIGINAL STORY: 03/29/2018

According to our media partner, the Ledger Enquirer, search teams have been searching for a man and child who witnesses report fell into Bibb Pond Wednesday afternoon.

The search continued until dark Wednesday.  News 3 has a reporter on-scene.  Authorities there would not offer any information.

News 3 is working to learn more and will update the stories as possible.

For more visit the Ledger-Enquirer website.


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