Drowning Victim's Body Found

Rescuers found the body of a man who appears to have drowned in Geneva during the Festival of Rivers.

The man has been identified as 27-year old Joseph Paskel Williamson.

Witnesses say Williamson was swimming in a common swimming hole where the Pea and Choctawhatchee rivers meet.

Lt. Ricky Morgan with the Geneva Police Department says Williamson was mentally challenged and could not swim out of the rip current.

Several friends were swimming in the river as well but were able to escape.

Geneva County Fire and Rescue and Geneva Police sent out a mutual aid request for the Houston County Dive Team and Dothan Fire and Technical Rescue.

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