Atkinson Co. teen drowns after boat overturns in pond -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Officials release name of teen who drowned in Atkinson Co. pond


Atkinson County Sheriff David Moore has confirmed the drowning of an Atkinson County High school teen.

It happened Thursday evening around 7 p.m. Officials say Gerardo Contreras, 16, was with another teen on a small boat in a private farm pond off of Coochee Creek Road when the boat overturned. Contreras did not resurface and died.

The surviving teen was able to swim to shore and run to a house where he was able to call EMS around 7:15 p.m.

Atkinson County officials later called in search teams to the scene.

Atkinson County Fire, Jeff Davis Fire, Department of Natural Resources, Coffee County Fire Department and the Coroner responded.

Search and rescue teams located and recovered the body just before 2 a.m.

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