By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS – Authorities recovered the body of a 10-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, but the search for his younger brother continued Sunday.
Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth Moore said Justin Brown’s body was found Sunday afternoon about a mile south of where the accident occurred.
A team of roughly three dozen people was using four boats and a helicopter to search for his 6-year-old brother, Jacob.
“We’ll go until it’s dark and can’t see anymore,” Moore said Sunday.
On Saturday afternoon, an ATV carrying the two boys, their father and three other people was crossing a spillway where the rain-swollen Magby and Luxapalila creeks intersect when a strong current flipped the vehicle, which the boys’ father was driving, according to Moore.
“The current was so strong it rolled the ATV down the spillway into the river,” he said. “That (water) is normally not deep and not swift.”
Moore said the current swept the boys into a part of the Luxapalila Creek that is up to 12 feet deep. Two other passengers had to be rescued from the water by people on shore, he added.