[UPDATE] Teenager Drowns in Suwannee River

Clinch County, GA -- March 18, 2012 -- UPDATE

On Saturday around 4PM, 18-year old AJ Martin tried to swim across Suwannee river in Fargo, Georgia. He drowned in the process.

Martin's death shocked many community members. He was with his friends when it happened.

The Mayor of Fargo Ronnie Lee said "He just went out for a swim and got in distress and the guys tried to help him and he fought a little bit, and they did what they could to save him. But Fargo is going to miss him."

Both Lowndes and Clinch County sheriff's offices immediately began trying to find Martin after he disappeared under the water. Six agencies helped to recover Martin's body. Officials used sonar and divers. The bottom of the river was also dragged. The sonar identified his body which was recovered Sunday around 1PM.

Mayor Lee went on to say "he was an asset to this community. Fargo lost a son. He was a good kid. He wanted to join the volunteer fire department, had actually come to a couple meetings and was involved in the community He was a role model for the younger kids and he will be missed."

Suwanee River has a current that moves about 20 miles per hour.
AJ Martin's body was taken to the Round Tree Funeral Home in Homerville.
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Clinch County, FL -- March 18, 2012

Law enforcement agencies in south Georgia are searching the Suwannee River for a missing 18-year-old. Clinch County's Sheriff says they searched the river yesterday and suspended the search around 9pm. Agencies are back on the water today looking for the teen who deputies say was swimming. We have a crew heading to Clinch County and will bring more details as soon as we can.


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  • by Jessica Bumbasi Location: Baltimore , Maryland on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM
    To all whom were blessed to know my newfew he was a beautiful soul. His smile I will truly miss and for those wonderful words of wisdom he shared with those he loved and cared for. Believe that we are all Children of GOD and are truly loved...May GOD be with you , and I will never for that AJ was HERE .....
  • by Sheryl Location: Fargo on Mar 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
    AJ will be dearly missed.He was a great guy, loved by everyone. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel.He was part of our Behold the Lamb ministry, now He is really in Heaven... God be the glory Our prayers are with the family at this time.
  • by Kathy Location: Fargo, Georgia on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to this family and friends. A.J. was a great young man and will be missed by many people. RIP A.J. we love you!
  • by Ima Knowles Location: Fargo,Ga on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:00 AM
    we will miss A.J. very much, he loved God with all his heart,he was a member of the cast Behold the Lamb,helped anyone that need him,He is in Gods hands now, we r praying for the family we love ya'll.
  • by Ima Knowles Location: Fargo,Ga on Mar 20, 2012 at 04:54 AM
    we will miss A.J. very much, he loved God with all his heart,he was a member of the cast Behold the Lamb,helped anyone that need him,He is in Gods hands now, we r praying for the family we love ya'll.
  • by Dr. Ga Ga on Mar 20, 2012 at 02:54 AM
    Condolences to the family, it's a sad loss. But as to the reporting: 20mph current? Not a chance.
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      by Lisa on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM in reply to Dr. Ga Ga
      Rescue personnel recorded 20 knot currents on Saturday, 6 feet below the surface of the water. Where AJ was lost is, at this time, much deeper. The Suwannee is currently way out of its banks and still rising. There is much better than "a chance"
  • by The Family of AJ Location: Fargo, Georgia on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM
    The Family of AJ Martin, would like to say thank you for all your prayers and thoughts in our time. We can not tell you how the Fargo Community has looked after its own. Thank you so much.
  • by karen CRIBBS Location: lakeland ga on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM
    MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY! LOVE YOU MELISSA
  • by Arnette Location: Tallahassee on Mar 19, 2012 at 08:49 AM
    RIP AJ
  • by Joe Location: Tallahassee on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:55 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to this young mans family.
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