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Boy drowned in Flint, rescuer is missing

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

August 3, 2008

DOWNTOWN ALBANY, GA (WALB) - What was suppose to be an afternoon swim in the Flint river turned into tragedy for one family.

"At 4:50 (Sunday) afternoon officers responded to 420 Front Street in reference to a drowning, when they arrived the found out that two juveniles had been swimming near the shallow area of the river," said Phyllis Banks-Whitley, Albany Police Media Manager.

The boys somehow got swept away and cried out for help.

"The kids were frantic they were screaming, I mean we were on our back and it was deep out there," Jason Blackstock, Witness.

Jason Blackstock was fishing near the river and tried to help.

"We dropped all of our stuff, me and three other people,and jumped in and tried to save him, we get one of the kids up, and the guy out there now and the other little kid couldn't get back in with that current," said Blackstock. 

The men were able to rescue a 10-year-old boy, the body of his brother 11-year-old Joshua Perry was recovered early Sunday evening.

23-year-old DJ Vinson who tried to save the boys is still missing.

"He then jumped in to try to assist them upon him assisting them, he was able to save one of the young boys, the ten year old. He then went back in to get the second one, lost contact, both went under the water," said  Banks-Whitley.

"Once we got the one guy out they were still under there and I kept on telling them swim down to the next shallows, and by that time once I got that out they went under, the 23-year-old went under first, then the 11-year-old went under after," said Blackstock.

Blackstock said before the boys went under they were warned about the waters in this area of the Flint.

"There was another guy out there snorkeling, looking for stuff, and they kept on telling them to get back and they wouldn't never listen and he looked up and they were swimming off screaming and stuff," said Blackstock.

Even though it's been hours since he last saw his friend Jason is still hopeful.

"It's been an hour and a half at least now, I mean you still got to have hope It's in God's hands now."

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