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Names released in Alapaha River drowning


We now know the names of the two teenagers, suspected of drowning in the Alapaha River near the Atkinson-Berrien County line. We first broke the story in a text alert Saturday night.

The Berrien County Coroner Rob Lovein, says the two boys who died, are 18 year-old Rasheed Young and 16 year-old Rogelio Perez both from Willacoochee. They were seen going under the water Saturday night and deputies say they think the waters rough conditions may have played a part in the incident.

A trip to the Alapaha River ended tragically for two teenage friends.

"It was two young men that was attempting to swim across the river," said Deputy Mike Register, Berrien County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Mike Register with the Berrien County Sheriff's Office says their agency got the call around 7 p.m. Saturday night to assist the Atkinson County Sheriff's Office and DNR with a drowning.

Officials say witnesses on the scene, saw the two boys go under never to be seen again. Rasheed Young was the first to go under. His friend, Rogelio Perez tried to help, but was also submerged.

"One started having problems and was sucked under and the other was attempting to swim out towards him but never made it. He too was taken under by the current," said Deputy Mike Register.

Officials say neither could swim and the water conditions could have made their situation worse.

People who come to visit the river frequently say the water could be about 10-15 feet deep because of all the recent rain.

Deputy Register says this is a popular place for swimming. He says the water is very strong and the teens probably didn't realize how strong of a current they were facing.

"It's flowing real fast right now. And that's real deceptive when you look at the surface of the water. You don't get a good picture of just how fast the water is moving underneath you," said Deputy Mike Register.

Their bodies were found in this area of the river, near the Atkinson and Berrien County line. By 11 p.m., both boys were pulled from the water.

"One person was found 100 feet from the bridge and the second one being 200 feet from the bridge," said Deputy Mike Register.

Deputies say they don't suspect any foul play.

The Berrien County Coroner says although he suspects drowning as the cause of death, the boys' bodies will be sent to the crime lab in Macon Monday morning.  He expects those results back in the afternoon.

Fire departments and EMS departments were also on the scene to help in the search. 


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