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Divers find Wetumpka teen's body in Coosa River

Published: Jun. 29, 2018 at 11:49 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2018 at 6:13 PM CDT
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ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) - You could tell this week rescue teams from four cities worked hard to find 15-year-old Rantanvious Love.

They were fighting the underwater currents and nature. At one point, they had no choice but to suspend the search due to Thursday afternoon's storms.

Friday, the family's lingering hopes were dashed as rescue divers located the teenager's body, some 200 yards away from where he and friends first took a dip in the river just north of the Bibb Graves Bridge.

"In some debris and was able to recover him from there," said Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis.

The city averages around two drownings a year.

The mayor fell short of calling for an outright ban on swimming but made it clear the time has come for city leaders to take a hard look at ways to stop the drownings altogether.

"We want to find something that works for all of us. He crossed the currents two or three times and was able to get back to the bank and he crossed the currents one time and couldn't back across the currents," Willis said.

Rantavious Love was said to be a decent swimmer. He would've been a sophomore this fall at Wetumpka High School.

The teams that participated in the three day search came from Wetumpka, Prattville, Millbrook, Montgomery and Elmore County.   Willis says Love was a member of the youth program at Calvary Baptist Church and was attending vacation Bible school at the church this week.

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