The body of a 4-year-old boy was discovered in a Georgia river just five days after his father died.
“We never lost our resolve. These guys never backed up,” said Battalion Chief Bryan Watson said in a 10 a.m. news conference on Friday. “We wouldn’t quit. We gave our word to the family that we would find this kid. … We gave the family closure.”
Authorities confirm they've located a body in the Bibb Pond area of the Chattahoochee River, believed to be 4-year-old Beau Rabon. Our thoughts and prayers remain with this family and first responders. https://t.co/UeHaOs2yq0
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Beau Rabon was found Friday morning—just days after his father, James Rabon, was pulled from the Chattahoochee River, Watson confirmed to the Ledger-Enquirer. The two had been fishing along the bank of the river about 750 feet south of the Oliver Dam on March 28.
First, the toddler fell into the swift-moving water before his father went in to rescue him, witnesses told officials.
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Neither the boy or his father were wearing a life vest, the officials said.
“This is the longest dive operation I have been on,” Capt. Daniel Hord, a 14-year veteran with the fire department, told the newspaper. “We are here for the family and our hearts go out to them. I think all of us are fathers, brothers. That toll is going to be on anyone. That’s why we do what we do. We are here to serve this city.”