[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.
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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