While swimming in the river Young jumped in from the steel bridge on Georgia 119 near the Bulloch-Effingham County line. Sheriff Lynn Anderson said his department got a call about 5:25 p.m. Saturday about a man who jumped into the river but failed to surface. Rescue workers from the Bulloch County Fire Department, EMS and Department of Natural Resources began a search of the river. Young’s body was found about 10 minutes past 7 p.m.
Sheriff Anderson said even though there does not appear to have been any foul play in Young’s death the incident is being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Unit. The body has been taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Coastal Regional Crime Lab for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Sheriff Anderson said heavy rains this summer has increased the river’s level and moved rocks and other objects which swimmers can’t easily see and strike. He advised caution when swimming in the Ogeechee River and not to jump from the bridge.