HORTENSE — A Brantley County man drowned Sunday while fishing and swimming in a private pond, said Brantley County Sheriff Jack Whisenant.
Deputies with the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 100 block of Armadillo Run in Hortense in reference to a drowning, said Whisenant.
The victim, Tracey Wayne Burton, 46, and a friend had been fishing and swimming in a private pond, the sheriff said.
The friend went to get some food from his residence about a quarter of a mile away, and when he returned he could not locate the victim, the sheriff said. He then started scanning the water and finally located the victim, partially submerged in the water, and attempted to pull him out of the water, Whisenant said.
He jumped in the water and pulled the victim to a floating platform they had been fishing from and began shouting for help, the sheriff said. He was heard by other family members who came to assist.
The victim was dragged to the bank and attempts were made to revive the victim at that time. but he could not be revived.
Officers of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division and Brantley County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene to investigate the incident.
The victim’s body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Savannah for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
The incident is still under investigation at this time, the sheriff said.