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Search Conducted For Man Suffering From Alzheimer’s

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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A 72-year-old Georgia man who was reportedly suffering from dementia wandered away from his residence close to the park’s boundary on the afternoon of May 24ths. City of Duluth police conducted a search that night without locating the man. The park communications center received a call for assistance early the following morning. Rangers Sean Perchalski and Paul Forward conducted a search of the river by boat along with a state patrol helicopter. The missing man was located within 15 minutes of launching. He was found alive, lying face up in about three inches of water on the river bank. He was extremely hypothermic and treated for exposure while being transported back to the boat ramp. Upon arrival he suffered a cardiac arrest on the bow of the boat. Paramedics immediately began CPR as they loaded him into the waiting ambulance, but the man was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital.



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