Bodies of two swimmers recovered Tuesday morning
By Paul Keane
The Wayne County News
After a search that lasted more than two days, the bodies of two
swimmers were recovered from the Chickasawhay River early Tuesday
According to reports, a group of four teenagers were swimming in the
river near Highway 42 in State Line Saturday when they were swept away
by strong currents.
Wayne County Emergency Management Director Angela Atchison said one of
the swimmers was able to get out of the water on their own and another
swimmer was pulled out by a Greene County Sheriff's deputy, both on
Saturday night. A search for the other two swimmers began immediately.
Teams from Clarke County, Lauderdale County, Wayne County and the
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks were called in
to assist. Some of the agencies brought boats with sonar in order to
search for the victims.
Atchison said at one point the current was so strong that divers could
not descend into the river out of fear of being pulled under themselves.
Agents with the MDWFP closed the Chickasawhay in order to limit boat
traffic that could stir up the waters and affect the sonars on the boat.
At one point, a search canine alerted on an area but it proved to be
Early Tuesday morning, the bodies of the two swimmers were recovered.
Names of the four swimmers were not being released.
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