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Drowning Victim Located In Norcross Creek

NORCROSS — The body of a Norcross man swept away by a rain-swollen creek turned up Tuesday morning across the DeKalb County line, about a mile from where he’d gone in the water, officials said.

The 25-year-old man, who authorities have not identified, was pulled into the creek by a sudden gush of water about 6 p.m. Monday while trying to cross from Wesley Park Apartments in Norcross to a neighboring complex.

A friend with him at the time was also swept in and gripped the victim for a short time, but the current proved too strong. The second man was able to pull himself ashore about 100 feet downstream, officials said.

Search crews from Gwinnett and DeKalb called off the search at nightfall Monday, but returned to the area about 8 a.m. Tuesday, joined by family and friends of the victim who conducted their own search.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said the body was located by citizens adjacent to the Wood Terrace Apartments. Family and friends of the victim searching the creek came upon his body as well, Rutledge said.

“Firefighters had hoped for a positive outcome, but changed from a rescue mode of operation to a recovery mode at dark on Monday,” Rutledge said.

The incident followed two days of steady rain and thunderstorms across metro Atlanta. The creek was estimated to be an additional 8 to 10 feet deep near the spillway where the two friends were swept away, Rutledge said.

The two men had reportedly walked the creek before, “but conditions on Monday were simply too treacherous to attempt to cross due to the rain,” Rutledge said.