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Man drowns in north Forsyth pond
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Forsyth County News


Forsyth County firefighters have recovered the body of a 64-year-old man who drowned Sunday in a private pond off Gravitt Road.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Tim House identified the man as Kenneth Williams.

Williams had reportedly been fishing alone in a boat Sunday afternoon.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said divers with the fire department spoke with family members who gave them an idea of where in the pond to search.

Divers went into the water at 6:14 p.m. and recovered Williams' body about 15 minutes later in 8 feet of water about 25 feet from shore.

The water was cold, and Shivers said the fire department was concerned they would not find the body before sunset.

"It was good for the family that we were able to recover the gentleman before dark," he said. "We didn't want them to have to endure the night with him missing."

Shivers explained that Williams and his wife, who is related to the family that owns the property, had called each other on their cell phones earlier that day.

When she was ready to leave, however, she couldn't get him on the phone. Shortly after that, the family dog showed up soaking wet.

"The dog has a history of going into the pool after the family children if he thinks they're in trouble," Shivers said. "That's when they all went looking for him."

The family went to the pond's edge and found the boat overturned.

Shivers said Williams' body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab for an autopsy, though the death did not appear suspicious.

Williams was not wearing a life vest, Shivers said, but was an accomplished swimmer.