Woman Tragically Killed in Boating Accident on Allatoona Lake
CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at wsbtv.com, a woman died and a man sustained serious injuries in a boating accident on Allatoona Lake.*
The accident occurred in the early afternoon over the weekend. The woman is identified as a 47-year-old from Woodstock, Georgia.
According to local game wardens, a jet ski and a personal watercraft hit into one another close to the Little River Marina. The woman was a passenger on the personal watercraft. She was transported to a local hospital where she later died. The man who was operating the personal watercraft was taken to an area hospital with severe injuries. He has not yet been identified.
Several people ride their jet skis on the lake as much as possible. "It’s very dangerous. You have a lot of boats in the same place and everybody wants to have fun, and they’re not thinking sometimes of the consequences," said a jet ski enthusiast.
This individual notes that with a lot of summer left, they are hoping that boaters and swimmers take their safety seriously.
There are no further details on the accident at this time. The crash remains under investigation by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which could take a number of weeks to complete.
There are many ways in which boaters can prevent serious or fatal accidents when on the water. These are as follows:
- Do not drink and boat. Operating a boat while under the influence is illegal in all 50 states. Alcohol reduces a person’s reaction time, judgment and coordination, which can lead to serious and sometimes fatal accidents.
- Wear a United States Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times.
- Understand and follow boating laws in your state.
- Perform a boat safety check before embarking.
- Keep your boat in good repair.
- Take a boating safety course.
- Watch out for inclement weather.
- Keep a safe distance from other boaters.
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