Man drowns in Augusta Canal

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Saturday, Jane 14, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)- Two drownings in one week at the Augusta canal. This time a 71 year old man.

Charlie Cooper used to spend a lot of his time fishing along the canal.

"That was my main spot right there," said Cooper.

He said things like this happen far too often.

"It's shocking, but it could happen to anyone," said Cooper.

Deputies say 71 year old George Young pushed his bike to the top of the canal. He lost control, fell in, and drowned in these waters.

"The canal is kind of tricky because you can go from 2 feet to 8 feet of water in a matter of inches just depending on where you're at in the canal," said Richmond County Coroner Kenneth Boose.

"Around here mostly we see shallow water drownings because that's really all we have around here is shallow water," said Boose.

The coroner said a lot of the drownings they see don't happen in deep water, and you can drown in a very small amount of water. Two inches is all it takes.

"You can be under two inches of water if you're face down. It could cause drowning," said Boose.

The very same day one man drowned, one family is burying their child. 7 year old Jeremiah Kalume who drowned in a pond near his home earlier this month. Just a week ago another man drowned in the canal, making 3 drownings so far this year.

"This one was I believe is witnessed but it is under investigation by the sheriffs office right now," said Boose.

The coroner said that mostly children are victims of drowning, but this year it's been 3 adults, and as obvious as it may seem he says if you cant swim don't go in the water.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) - The Richmond County Coroner's Office confirms a man drowned in the Augusta Canal this morning.

According to Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose, 71-year-old George Young was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:03 a.m.

A witness says Young was pushing the bike to the top of the canal behind the Enterprise Mill. When he got to the top, he attempted to pedal but lost control. Young and the bike fell into the water.

An autopsy is scheduled for next week at the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta.

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