‘We’re going to search until we find him.’ Hunt still on for boy who fell into Chattahoochee

Columbus officials are continuing their search for a 6-year-old boy who is believed to have drowned in the Chattahoochee River Sunday night.

Chief Daniel Macon with the Columbus Fire Department said emergency crews responded to a call around 6:45 p.m. June 30 after the child fell into the river below the Waveshaper Island.

Search efforts are focused along the Riverwalk — from Riverwalk Island down to Dillingham Street Bridge — and have expanded about five miles down to Fort Benning. The search will continue to extend further south, said Battalion Chief Keith Watson.

A helicopter was scanning the river with a spotlight around 9 p.m., and divers were on the scene until 10:30 p.m., when Georgia Power had to release water.

Monday, nine divers searched for the boy in the water. They started at daylight, and they were expected to continue until it gets dark. That’s when Georgia Power is again supposed to release water.

“They can only hold (the water) for so long,” Watson said. “Hopefully, we can get some more searching in probably up until 7 p.m.”

Macon said he did not believe the child was wearing a life jacket.

Crews will be back out again early Tuesday morning, Watson said. Officials from Columbus Police Department, Fort Benning and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are also assisting in the search.

“We’re going to search until we find him,” Watson said.

Ledger-Enquirer reporter Nick Wooten contributed to this report.

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Allie Dean is the Columbus city government and accountability reporter for the Ledger-Enquirer, and also writes about new restaurants, developments and issues important to readers in the Chattahoochee Valley. She’s a graduate of the University of Georgia.