Lake Lanier Boating Mishap Injures Three Teens
Atlanta- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that three teens between the ages of 17 and 18 suffered injuries after a tubing accident on Lake Lanier. The incident occurred on Saturday, August 4, 2018,around 12:45 p.m. The cause of the boating incident is still under investigation with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.*
What was a beautiful day on Lake Lanier almost turned tragic Saturday.The three teens were riding on an inflatable tube pulled by a motorboat when the tube crashed into a shoreline embankment. The collision happened near the Lake Lanier Islands Campground.
The Hall County Fire Services responded with rescue units to the scene. Two of those injured did not have any seriousinjuries but went to the hospital for observation. However, the third teen's medical condition required immediate transport to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Hall County Fire Services described her conditionas serious after suffering trauma to "multiple systems." The precise nature of the young woman's injuries was not revealed.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division is conducting the investigation. They will need to determine if criminal behavior was afoot and if charges should issue. The investigation will focus on the experience of the boat driver, whether the operator was under the effects of drugs or alcohol, or otherwise operating recklessly.
Many people suffer injuries each year, and some people die, in tubing accidents like this one. Inattention, inexperienced, and drunken boaters all contribute to the dangers of what is otherwise a fun activity.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources division of law enforcementresponded to about 500 incidents on the water and land in 2017. Law enforcement officers, sometimes called Rangers, respondedto 237 water search and rescue missions, 156 land search and rescue calls for service, 55 hunting accidents, and 147 boating accidents or other incidents.
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