Indiana man dies while swimming in Chattahoochee River

ariquelmy@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 5, 2012 

A Greencastle, Ind., man died Tuesday evening after he was pulled under the waters of the Chattahoochee River, authorities said.

Harold M. Brock, 54, was swimming in the river about 6 p.m. by downtown Columbus when he went under, reports state.

"He just got caught in the current," Lt. Warren Dunlap said. "He couldn't get out."

Brock's wife told police she saw her husband disappear under the waters about 100 to 150 yards north of the Synovus building. He remained submerged between five to 15 minutes, reports state.

"Several witnesses told police that they advised him not to go in the river because it is too dangerous," police reports state.

Brock resurfaced by Synovus, Deputy Fire Chief Robert Futrell said.

Rescuers then pulled Brock into a boat and performed CPR on him until they reached a waiting ambulance.

"When the boat got to him, he wasn't breathing and had no pulse," Futrell said.

Brock was pronounced dead at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday at The Medical Center, police said.

Tuesday's apparent drowning is the fifth within a month.

Krystal Brown, 30, and her son Mister Brown, 11 months, died Aug. 13 after she went into the river for her 3-year-old son, David Brown. He was rescued and flown to Atlanta, where he died days later, authorities said.

Jarvis Willis, 23, died while swimming with two others Aug. 19. His body was recovered the following day.

"I don't recommend that anyone swim in the river at all," Futrell said. "In some areas, it actually looks like the water is still but there's still a pretty good current."

Ledger-Enquirer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service