Search underway for man missing after canoe capsizes in Ogeechee River

One man is missing after a boating trip on the Ogeechee River. (Source: WTOC)
One man is missing after a boating trip on the Ogeechee River. (Source: WTOC)

BRYAN CO., GA (WTOC) - One man is missing after a canoe capsized in the Ogeechee River Sunday afternoon in Bryan County near Morgans Bridge Landing.

The person, an unidentified 25-year-old Hispanic male, was lost in the river in an area with swift currents and deep water, according to the Bryan County Sheriff's Office.

It is not known if he is from this area.

On Sunday night, multiple crews searched for the man. A Coast Guard helicopter flew over the area to assist. The searched was called off around 3 a.m. for safety reasons, but crews returned to the scene Monday around 8 a.m. A sheriff's deputy said the crews will search all day or until the man is found.

According to a Bryan County Sheriff's Deputy, three men were on the canoe when it capsized. The three men were in a canoe about a half a mile north of Morgan's Bridge Landing when it capsized. A Good Samaritan helped two of the men and their canoe get back to the landing.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division brought in some special equipment as well as the people trained to use it from all across the state to hopefully find the boater. They're using a boat with side-scan sonar technology to better see what's under the water, and sector scan sonar to get an even better picture. Rescuers say the more tools they have, the better chance they have to find the boater.

"Each piece of equipment that we get here just gives us a little better image, a better idea of what's underneath the water, and if there's an individual under the water, hopefully, it'll help us locate that individual quickly," said Doug Chambers, Game Warden, Georgia DNR.

Officials say all three had lifejackets at some point during the trip but weren't wearing them when the missing man went overboard.

"Had they had their life jacket on, we wouldn't be here today."

We'll be out here for several more days if we're not able to quickly locate that individual today."

Along with the Bryan County Sheriff's Office, first responders from Bryan County Fire and Rescue Emergency Services, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Bryan County Emergency Management Agency all participated in the search.

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