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Search in Progress for Body of Missing Fisherman

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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On morning of August 12th, You Tet Ng, 45, of Duluth, Georgia, entered the Chattahoochee River from the Gwinnett County Jones Bridge wearing fishermanÂ’s waders. He was fishing near Jones Bridge around 8:20 a.m. when his waders filled with water and he was swept away by the current.  Ng's fishing companion watched him disappear underwater and called 911, initiating a multi-agency response. Park dispatch was notified and rangers responded with a vessel. A unified incident command was established with Gwinnett, Fulton, Forsyth and Dekalb Counties, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the NPS. The river between Medlock Bridge and Holcomb Bridge was closed in order to protect the scene and provide for the safety of rescuers.  A coordinated search of the river was begun that included county dive teams and K-9 units. The dogs alerted to a section of the river, but a search for Ng in that area was unsuccessful.  The search continued over the weekend and was still underway on Monday, but no sign of Ng has yet been found. Ranger Victor Leyva is serving as the NPS IC and liaison with the Gwinnett County IC.



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