Tragic Boat Accidents and Drownings Reported This Past Memorial Day Weekend
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - A news article published on cbs46.com reports that Georgia's Department of Natural Resources officers and the Army Corps of Engineers were patrolling Georgia lakes and rivers this past Memorial Day Weekend.*
The patrols are expected to continue through the rest of summer. The Department of Natural Resources reported that there were five boating deaths and four drownings this past Memorial Day Weekend in Georgia.
The news report states that one drowning occurred on Lake Lanier. Another drowning transpired at Lake Allatoona and tragically took the life of a 5-year-old boy. Department of Natural Resources officials reported that the child was seen playing on a water float and then went missing. The child recently graduated kindergarten, and several teachers offered their condolences.
Chief Ranger Rusty Simmons, who was patrolling Lake Allatoona on Monday, stated that their agency was performing alcohol compliance and life preserver checks. Chief Ranger Simmons also stated that they were really promoting the use of life jackets and making sure boaters knew the rules of the water.
Chief Ranger Simmons stated that most people do not know the rules of the water. However, these rules are similar to the rules of the road. Moreover, buoys and other signs signal show boaters where to slow down and when to yield to other boaters. Simmons also stated that they were offering preventative safety tips to help keep people safe.
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