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Man Drowns In Attempt To Swim Across River

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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Girona Pyle, a 22-year-old Georgia man, drowned in the Chattahoochee River on the evening of Saturday, June 9th. Pyle was at a picnic with friends and family when he and two companions decided to swim across the river. Pyle’s companions made it across, but realized that he hadn’t when they got to the far shore. They called 911 and a search was begun that went on until dark. It resumed the next morning, and Pyle’s body was soon found and recovered from 15 feet of water near the point last seen. Pyle was not a strong swimmer, and, according to friends, had not intended to enter the water that day. The incident occurred in the popular south end of the park in the Palisades Unit. The multi-agency search and recovery included the National Park Service, Cobb County Dive Team, Cobb Fire and Police, Sandy Springs Fire Department, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.



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