The body of a kayaker who reportedly drowned in Allatoona Lake on Saturday was recovered on Sunday, authorities said.
According to Tim Cavender, spokesman for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services:
The body of the 25-year-old man was recovered from the water near Little River Marina, 6986 Bells Ferry Road. The department’s dive team pulled the body from the water.
Cherokee County 911 had received a notification at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday that a man who was trying to rescue his dog that jumped into the lake from his kayak and did not resurface.
“Unconfirmed reports indicated that the 25-year-old man was with two other kayakers at the time of the incident. The two kayakers jumped into the water when the man did not resurface,” Cavender said.
Minutes after the call came in, a Cherokee County Fire Rescue Boat was launched and headed to the scene to begin the search for the victim by sonar. County 911 also dispatched the dive team to the scene as well. Divers and the rescue boat searched the area for the victim until 1 a.m. Sunday with no results.
The rescue teams returned to the scene at approximately 6:45 a.m. Sunday to resume their search. Special Operations Chief, Darrell Mitchell, reported that the body of the man was recovered at around 10:45 a.m.
The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources will continue with the investigation. The man’s name had not been released Monday afternoon.