A Nahunta man has drowned after the boat carrying him and his wife capsized Saturday morning.
Wheeler County Sheriff Maurice Johnson said rescuers found the body of Fred Lamar Drury, 62, around 8 p.m. Saturday night after searching all day in Little Ocmulgee State Park.
Drury’s wife, Elizabeth, was able to swim to safety.
The couple was on the south side of the lake near the dam.
The dam doors were open, and the current pulled the boat toward the opening.
The Sheriff said it was a team effort during the search.
“Had an outpouring of support from surrounding agencies,” said Johnson. “I couldn’t even begin to name all the fire rescue and dive teams and just community. People were bringing grills out there and grilling hot dogs for all the search and rescue personnel. People were bringing their personal boats because we needed smaller boats, and we don’t actually have that equipment like some of the larger areas do.”
Sheriff Johnson said the couple was on a weekend getaway and was staying in one of the lodges at the park.