Divers recover body of 14 year old swept away by river current - WRBL

Divers recover body of 14 year old swept away by river current

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The body of 14-year-old Justin Thomas, who was swept away by a current Saturday, has been pulled from the Chattahoochee River.

Columbus Police Captain J.D. Hawk tells News 3's Naomi Keitt Thomas was playing on the bottom steps in the river near Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus. Hawk says the boy was at the park with his family and went down to the steps.

Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Police received a call that a strong current swept the 14-year-old away as he was playing. He went under the water and came up one time. Police say when he resurfaced, a woman tried to grab him but she was unable to get him before he went back under the water. The dams were open during the time of the incident for high-flow rafters.

About five divers combed the water from the steps all the way to the Dillingham Street bridge before they found his body just after 8:30 p.m. near the bridge about 25 feet from the riverbank in six feet of water. Coroner Buddy Bryan pronounced Thomas dead at 8:55 p.m.

After the incident the dams were shut off and Whitewater Express stopped all rafting.

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