Drowning victim identified, recovered on Chattahoochee River

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Columbus Fire and EMS at drowning incident

UPDATE: Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan identified the drowning victim as Jose Garcia Ramirez, 31, of Honduras.

Ramirez told the coroner he and his brother had been at the river and drinking when Jose Ramirez jumped in the river. About 5:45 p.m. the siren sounded indicating the river was rising. The brothers did not know what the siren meant. Ramirez was caught in the rising waters.

His brother attempted to rescue him but the current pushed him back on shore.

Officials initially said the Ramirez was 32. Bryan told News 3 he was 31.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – The body of a 32-year-old Hispanic man who drowned Sunday in Bibb Pond just below the Lake Oliver Dam was recovered early this morning, according to the Columbus Fire and EMS Department.

The coroner’s office has the body. The name has not yet been released.

The man was swimming Sunday with his brother when he went under and did not come back up.

The body was recovered on the North Highland Dam, just below the old Bibb Mill, according to Deputy Chief Daniel Macon.

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