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Columbus man, 43, drowns in Chattahoochee River

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By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus investigators are still trying to determine how a man drowned in the Chattahoochee River this weekend.

Emily Brookins and her mother could not believe the man they both knew and loved suddenly died. 

Forty-three-year-old Steven Brookins was pronounced dead just after 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening.

Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower said Brookins was found in 10 feet of water off an island near Bibb City.

Steven's brother Ronny Brookins fought back tears and mixed emotions Saturday afternoon. 

"My brother was a good man he was a hard worker at 43 years old. He tried his best all his life to raise his kids the best he could," Brookins said. "He was the type of person that would give you anything he could, he would give you the shirt of his back to try and help anybody that he could."

According to family members,  Brookins was spending the weekend camping on the island with friends as he often does. He was reported missing Saturday around 10:00 a.m.

Emily says her dad was an avid swimmer who loved the river.

The exact cause of Brookins death has not been confirmed. Thrower said the body will be sent to Atlanta for autopsy on Monday.

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