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Drowned swimmer pulled from Chattahoochee
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COBB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – Rescuers pulled the body of a missing swimmer from the Chattahoochee River Wednesday afternoon.

A desperate call for help came when a Tuesday afternoon of fun on the Chattahoochee River took a terrible turn.

The call came in just after 4 pm – 911 was alerted to people in the river that needed help and could not get out on their own. They were apparently trying to swim to a spot called Diving Rock, and got stuck.

Crews arrived from Cobb Police, Cobb Fire, the state Department of Natural Resources and from the Chattahoochee National Park. They got everyone out of the river, except for a lone male swimmer who had lost contact with his friend.

"It is a bit early for people to come out and swim in the Chattahoochee River," said Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce. "After the last few days, and the rains we've had, the water level will be up and it will be swift. We're talking about water that comes out of the bottom of Lake Lanier. As you can imagine, very cold."

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Pierce says the water would be in the 30-to-40 degree range.

"If you're in that water, it's going to be difficult to survive," he said.

It is early, but it is still the time of year where people start getting out into nature and water. This area is right along the Chattahoochee, and hikers and kayakers could be seen near and on the river into the early evening hours on Tuesday.

The rescue crews made three sweeps of the river in the area where the swimmers were on Tuesday. They continued their search through the day Wednesday until they found a body just after 4:00 pm.

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