Authorities have released the name of a man who drowned in the Ocmulgee River near Popes Ferry Road in Monroe County Saturday.
Christopher Wilder, 19, of Jones County, died while tubing, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Wilder got into the river at Dames Ferry on Ga. 18 with his girlfriend and her family. The group floated on inner tubes to Popes Ferry, where the tubes, which had been tied together, became separated, according to a news release.
Wilder, who was not wearing a life vest, drowned while trying to reach the shore. Attempts to rescue him were unsuccessful, according to the release.