The Bibb Sheriff’s Office, along with the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department, responded to Frank Amerson Park, 2600 Riverview Road, at the Ocmulgee River regarding a drowning just after 4:30 p.m.

A witness stated that there was a male that was seen in the water that went under and appeared to be having trouble swimming. The male later identified as, 18-year-old Kevin Gillens, was reported to have gone underwater. The witness was not able to locate him, and called 911 to report the incident. The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department dive team, Georgia State Patrol helicopters and the Department of Natural Resources were on the scene to assist with the search.

Just before 8:00 p.m. the body of Kevin Gillens was recovered from the river by Macon-Bibb County Fire dive team members.

The Gillens Family was notified on scene of his death by the Coroner’s Office.