Search crews scoured river for missing twin boys

GREENE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The weekend long search to find the 6-year-old twins Isaac and James McGowan, who vanished while swimming in the Chickasawhay River in Greene County went well into Monday. Their bodies have been recovered in the Chickasawhay River. One was found Sunday, the other was found Monday.

The kids went missing near a private sandbar just north of Highway 98 on Saturday. The emergency management director said the first responders wouldn't stop scouring the waters until the boys were found.

"It is a sad situation anyway you look at, but we are just trying to bring some closure to this," said Greene County Emergency Management director Trent Robertson.

For a second day in a row, divers, boaters, and even volunteer agencies continued to comb the murky stretch of river to find the young twin brothers.

"Anytime you have a situation involving children it is extremely tough," said Robertson.

According of emergency officials, the 6-year-olds were enjoying their Saturday afternoon in the water when things went terribly wrong.

"Some family was trying to bring a boat out of the river, and the boys were playing in the water and just got in too deep and were swept away.

"The current is extremely strong in the area they were at. It was a steep drop off and it was hard to see. It was a terrible situation," Robertson said about the accident.

For several of the first responders, this search effort is personal because they actually knew the kids who disappeared.

"We are a close-knit community. We are somewhat of a rural county. Everybody knows everybody. So it makes emergency scenes extremely dear to our hearts. I do know the family, and we have some people working with them and being with them throughout this difficult time," said Robertson. 

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