Updated: Man's Body Found in Lake Allatoona
A 28-year-old jumped off a boat near Harbor Town Marina but did not resurface Friday afternoon.
Updated 2:00 p.m.
Cyrille A. Leuekwe Tchippe, 28, of Woodstock was found by the Cherokee County dive team at 6:50 a.m. today. His body was near the Harbor Town Marina, where he went missing, said Tim Cavender, the spokesman for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.
While no drownings were reported in Bartow County or Cartersville, two people succumbed to the water over the Memorial Day weekend in Georgia and a third is suspected to have drowned.
The two confirmed drownings occurred on Lake Allatoona in Acworth and Lake Lanier in Hall County. The man who jumped off a boat Friday in the Cherokee County portion of Lake Allatoona has still not been found and the search now has turned passive.
Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will now only search by boat for the 28-year-old black man who jumped off a boat and never resurfaced, said Cherokee County Training Chief Eddie Robinson.
Forsyth County's Water Rescue Team joined Cherokee County officials Sunday morning to continue the search after two failed days.
“Dive team members from Cherokee County continued the search and recovery operation, while Forsyth County helped with sonar,” said Tim Cavender, spokesman for the Cherokee County Fire and EMS. The search was completed 9:20 p.m. Sunday.
Cherokee County Fire and EMS received a call at 7:15 p.m. Friday after a man jumped into the water but could not be found, Cavender said. The man was on an outing with his employer near Harbor Town Marina.
Searchers were on the water until approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday, but Cavender said the dark makes searching difficult. He said the teams have succeeded in past searches if not the following day, then a couple days after incidents.
The Cherokee County dive team began at 8 a.m. Saturday to continue the search with the help of the county Fire and Emergency Services, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources, but were unsuccessful.
With hot temperatures during the holiday weekend, officials say there was a significant increase of traffic on the state's lakes and waterways and the activity is likely to continue as the mercury rises.