Alabama Man Found Dead in Chattahoochee River

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

This past weekend rescue teams from both states got called to a drowning at the Chattahoochee River.
A group of people were riding on a boat near smith's bend in Georgia when the steering gear broke.
Officials say this caused the driver to lose control.
Mike sterling fell out of the boat into the water, and that's when the search.

"We got the Georgia department of natural resources down there as law enforcement on the river and it was they actually with their electronic gear that located the body and some Alabama dive teams are the ones that retrieved it." Blakely-Early County EMA Director Ray Jarrett said.

Sterling wasn't wearing a life jacket when he was thrown from the boat.
His body was found just before 2:30 Sunday morning.

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