UPDATE: The DNR has recovered the body of a missing fisherman who fell out of his boat Thursday while fishing in a pond in Irwinton.

Frank Coverson's son Jamie says as soon as his mother called him to share the news he rushed to the scene.

"She broke down and told me what was going on so I rushed out here."

Jamie said his dad loved talking to people and making them smile. He says he knew how to turn anyone's day around.

"We would have a talk and you were upset or whatever with something you would be laughing at the end of that conversation that was one of the biggest things about him." Jamie went on to say "he was just full of laughter."

He says while he may not get to hear that laugh again anytime soon, he knows he will one day.

"He's in a happier place now and that's another reason why I smile he's not here with us but he's looking down over us."


Department of Natural Resources crew are looking for a fisherman who went overboard when his boat tipped over Thursday night in Wilkinson County on the BASF property.

Wilkinson Coroner Billy Matthews says two brothers were out fishing in a “clay hole” pond Irwinton. The boat tipped and only one man made it out, Matthews said.

Frank Coverson, 66, is the man searchers are looking for. He was fishing with his brother George Coverson, 69.

DNR is using sonar to search the pond Friday morning. They have found a fishing reel.

This story is developing. Check back later for details.