The Bibb County Sheriff's Office released a statement following a fatal drowning incident that took place Sunday evening, at Frank Amerson Park saying, "Witnesses stated that they saw their friend standing near the sandbar and when they looked away, he was no longer there. No one witnessed the male subject go into the river or walk away from the river. Several citizens and park rangers attempted to help locate the male. After no contact was made, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department was called to search and verify if the male had gone under in the river.
The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department dive team was able to locate and recover the victim’s body. The victim, 30-year-old Larry Rainey Jr., of Macon, was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Bibb County Coroner’s Office. The next of kin has been notified."