Memorial Day Weekend Dangerous for Boaters
HALL COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at cbs46.com, Memorial Day weekend was dangerous for boaters in Georgia.*
Per the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, on both Saturday and Sunday, there were eight reported boating injuries, sixteen reports of individuals boating while under the influence of alcohol, one boating death, and two drowning deaths. The two drownings occurred at Lake Lanier.
At Lake Lanier, a thirty one year old man from Perry, Georgia fell from a jet ski as he was attempting to pull it onto a boat ramp located at Shoal Creek Park when it turned over, causing him to fall into the water. The man could not swim and he was not wearing a life jacket. Two of the man’s family members attempted to save him but were too late. The accident occurred at 8 p.m. and the man’s body was not recovered until approximately 10:45 p.m.
Within twenty four hours of the above individual’s death, another man, aged sixty one, drowned in a location close to his boat dock. The drowning is believed to be an accident.
There are several reasons why people drown, which are as follows:
- Lack of the ability to swim. According to the CDC, children ages one through four are recommended to take swimming lessons to lessen the incidents of drowning deaths.
- Lack of barriers such as fences around swimming pools.
- Lack of appropriate supervision. Lifeguards lessen the incidence of drowning deaths. However, they do not always eliminate the risk of drowning. A drowning accident can quickly occur in bodies of water. This is why children and people who are not strong swimmers should be heavily supervised.
- Failure to wear life jacket. Life jackets are essential and recommended to be worn when around water, especially while boating or on a watercraft such as a jet ski.
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