Accident Database

Report ID# 114877

  • PFD Not Worn or Present
  • Asthma Attack
  • One Boat Trip

Accident Description

Rick Thompson via FB - I’ve paddled this section a lot. It has been shut down for any type of commercial operations for one main reason - the dam releases. They are irregular and varying. My first time getting caught in one scared me pretty good. The water rises quickly. I remember an 8 yr old girl died tubing. The water is also icy cold. Crystal clearwater and stocked with trout. You can see the fish.

Other info: Victim was Solo paddler who was fishing. Family members stated he was in a tank top and shorts. A PFD was found floating near his body This happened on AW’s Section 5- middle Hooch. The min flow of 700 cfs started at 1:15 AM; a release of 12,000 cfs started at 6:15P M according to the USGS. A news article said that the victim launched in the early morning, so the release was probably not a factor.


UPDATE: Missing kayaker’s body recovered from Chattahoochee
The kayaker disappeared into the Chattahoochee River on Tuesday.

By Asia Simone Burns - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Henri Hollis - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Gwinnett County man’s body was recovered from the Chattahoochee River after he went missing while kayaking early Tuesday morning, leading rescue specialists to search for him for hours. David Southin, 41, of Lawrenceville, was pulled from the river about 20 hours after Gwinnett firefighters first responded, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Swiftwater rescuers from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the National

The search began in the dark Tuesday morning in a part of the river near where Forsyth and Gwinnett meet. Forsyth divers located the kayak in the water about 1:30 a.m., but Southin was not in it, the Gwinnett fire department said in a statement.

Authorities have not released details about the circumstances of Southin’s disappearance or death.

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