Two Men Killed in Tragic Boating Accident on Lake in Forsyth County, Georgia
FORSYTH COUNTY, GA- Kiro7.com writes that two men died in an incident on a boat this week. Police recovered the bodies of the victims in Lake Lanier.*
The men are related and were boating with a third male family member. The men were all sleeping on the vessel and were reportedly intending to spend time with other family members the following day.
The family arrived to find the two victims unresponsive. The other man on the boat was rushed to the hospital for treatment. It appears that the victims were exposed to carbon monoxide. Investigators believe that the generator on the boat released the gas and that the position of the generator led to the cabin filling with the toxic fumes. Officers stated that since carbon monoxide has no odor, color, or taste, the victims were likely entirely unaware of anything being wrong.
According to locals, the lake itself has a history of tragic incidents. Over just the last month, four people drowned in its waters. In a period of about ten years, 57 fatal accidents occurred on Lake Lanier.
Carbon monoxide poisoning kills about 430 people each year. The gas is most dangerous in enclosed spaces, and most fatalities occur in the winter.
Symptoms tend to have a gradual onset and are difficult to identify. People suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning may be nauseous, fatigued, dizzy, confused, weak, or lose consciousness. Having a CO detector is imperative as the gas is not easily noticed. If the detector alerts the presence of carbon monoxide, it is important to get out of the house quickly as people may pass out.
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