A 71-year-old Augusta man died after falling into the Augusta Canal early Saturday, officials and a witness say.
George Young was pronounced dead about 9 a.m., according to Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose. An autopsy will take place at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the canal directly behind Enterprise Mill about 6:30 a.m. King David Walker, who witnessed the drowning, said Young pushed his bicycle to the top of the canal bank, then tried to pedal and lost control, falling into the water.
The Richmond County Dive Team retrieved the body about 7:52 a.m.
Last Saturday, the body of Al Jerome Childs, 61, was found in the canal after a fisherman saw a clothed body floating face down in the water near 13th and Telfair streets.