Couple Died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on boat on Lake Lanier in Forsyth County, Georgia
FORSYTH COUNTY. GA– May 30, 2018 (wsbtv.com). According to an online news report at wsbtv.com, police believe that the couple who died on Lake Lanier in Forsyth County, Georgia died of carbon monoxide poisoning.*
Forty year old July Wright and thirty nine year old Andrew Maronge, both from Gainesville, were found dead at around 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 28, 2018.
According to Jenny Belafi, with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources were requested to conduct a welfare check after the two individuals failed to reach out to family members as to their well-being.
The two were found in a 24-foot Bayliner cabin cruiser that had set its anchor down off the Three Sisters Island chain. The couple was found dead in the front cabin of the boat.
Although only an autopsy can confirm that cause of death, authorities believe it was caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Friends and family members have created a GoFundMe account to raise money for Maronge’s son.
Per the GoFundMe account, the couple was engaged to be married. Maronge had one son and Wright had two daughters.
"They will be missed but we are confident that they are both with Jesus now," Maronge's brother wrote on the GoFundMe account.
Each year, individuals die on boats due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Oftentimes, they do not understand the danger they are in. Carbon monoxide attacks red blood cells, affecting the flow of oxygen in a person’s body.
People can be exposed to carbon monoxide in boats from the engine or an air conditioner or heat generator if there is a lack of sufficient ventilation.
Per the online news report, “DNR ranger Chris Hall said all cabin-enclosed boats should have carbon monoxide detectors, and they should be checked frequently to make sure they have fresh batteries and are operating a peak efficiency.”
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