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Buford Dam Release Causes Drowning Accident: Summer River Recreation Requires Vigilance

June 12, 2011

A tubing accident last week that resulted in the death of a young girl is a reminder of the need to be cautious when rafting on the Chattahoochee River. While the river is very popular for tubing and rafts, water releases for Buford Dam can prove very dangerous. Last week, a nine-year-old girl was trapped by a water release from the dam. She was underwater for an hour before her body was discovered. There is a Buford Dam release once or twice a week, and they may be even more frequent during times of heavy rain. Recreational activities in a river always requires caution and close supervision of children, but anyone tubing or swimming within twenty miles of Buford Dam must be especially vigilant.

If you or your loved one has been injured or you have lost a loved one in a drowning accident, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss of your loved one. The experienced Georgia personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been representing those who suffer serious injury or wrongful death in the greater Atlanta metro area and throughout Georgia for over a quarter century.

Tubing and swimming on the river can become very dangerous when water is released from Buford Dam because the water level surges six to eleven feet. The water becomes so turbulent following a release of water from the damn that it can be felt as far as twenty miles away. The sudden rush of turbulent water poses serious danger to those whom are tubing and swimming. This danger is compounded by the chilling temperature of the water that can be as low as 44 degrees. There is an average of two drownings per year on the river between Buford Dam to Peachtree Creek. Only two days after the fatal drowning of the nine-year-old, three people had to be rescued from the river that were hanging on to a tree that had fallen down into the river.

There are many river recreational activities including rafting, windsurfing and kayaking. Many of the companies that offer these water sports activities on Georgia rivers provide insufficient training, instruction or equipment. The number of drowning incidents on Georgia rivers has increased as more people are enjoying water sports on Georgia rivers and lakes.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or you have lost a loved one in a drowning accident on a Georgia river or lake, you may be entitled to compensation if your accident was caused by the negligence of a public entity, private company or individual. Our Georgia personal injury lawyers work diligently to fight for the best interests of our clients.

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Category: Personal Injury

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