71-year-old drowns in Augusta Canal



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.



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