Georgia Man Drowns Trying to Rescue Children in Macon

Georgia Man Drowns Trying to Rescue Children in Macon


A man drowned while rescuing children at the Ocmulgee River Riverwalk on Friday afternoon. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Macon-Bibb County Fire Department, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene following reports of a possible drowning.

Incident Details

Witnesses reported that a man and several children were swimming in the river when some of the children began to struggle. The man, later identified as 33-year-old Billy Scott Carter, swam out to assist the children, successfully bringing them to safety, but he then went missing. The incident was promptly reported to the Macon-Bibb E-911 Center.

The Macon-Bibb Fire Department launched a search and rescue operation, locating Carter shortly before 1:27 p.m. Despite their efforts, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Luanne Stone.

All the children involved were accounted for and unharmed.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is requesting that anyone with information about this incident contact them at 478-751-7500.

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