Bernardo Rosas, 17, is the second person in a week to drown in Factory Shoals Park; he went under the water Wednesday afternoon and was finally located around 1 p.m. Thursday by the Covington/Newton County Dive Team.
According to Newton County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Corporal Anthony Washington, Rosas was at the park with friends and was swimming from bank to bank across the Shoals. At one point, his friends reported that he called out for help. One friend attempted to swim over to Rosas and help him but got caught up in the undercurrent as well and a third person had to swim out to help him. The two made their way to the shore, looked back and saw Rosas go under the water. He never resurfaced.
The Dive Team searched the Alcovy River with a grid, bringing in a boat and divers. The search was called off due to a lack of light and inclement weather Wednesday evening. Authorities resumed their search at 8 a.m. Thursday morning.