Dive search ends for Oct. 15 Lake Allatoona drowning victim
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Bartow County officials have ended the underwater search for a 68-year-old Indiana man who drowned Oct. 15 at Red Top Mountain State Park's Park Marina.

Bartow County Fire Department said the Emergency Management Agency dive team, which had conducted the search for more than a week along with other region teams, has ended their efforts. Officials will continue to search the lake by boat for the body of Tommy Moore.

Moore was visiting the area for a family reunion when he went into the lake about 3:30 p.m. The man, who suffered breathing problems, was confined to a wheelchair at the time of the accident.

"They were loading members off of one boat onto another boat because of some sort of malfunction that we have been told. While they were offloading, a Mr. Tommy [Moore], who is in a wheelchair -- he wasn't an invalid, he had some breathing issues -- ... as they were offloading, he fell into the lake in his wheelchair," said Department of Natural Resources Cpl. Clifton Cox two days after the accident.

The area where the man went under is 76 feet deep and moves to a depth of 106 feet deep at the wave-break roughly 30 yards away.

Rescue crews dragged the area and used technical equipment to aid in the search. The depth of the water and cables dissecting the marina hindered recovery efforts.

Authorities said several circumstances factor into how long it takes a body to resurface after drowning, and a timetable for Moore's situation can not be determined.