After a busy Labor Day weekend working boating incidents and drownings on waterways across the state, Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division Rangers will be shifting their focus to the thousands of hunters who will be hitting the woods this hunting season.
The Labor Day weekend was unfortunately busier than Division officials had hoped, with the three-day holiday period yielding four drownings, nine boating incidents and 17 boating under the influence arrests statewide.
Last year, there was one drowning, six boating incidents and 18 BUIs for the holiday weekend.
Some of the incidents DNR Law Enforcement Rangers worked this weekend include:
– A possible drowning in the Kellogg Creek area of Allatoona Lake. The actual cause of death is yet to be determined by the ME.
– The drowning of a one-year-old near Long Cane Park on West Point Lake.
– The drowning of a 17-year-old male in Clark’s Hill Lake.
– A boating incident on Lake Hartwell near the Hartwell marina between a pontoon towing a skier and a ski boat. Two female subjects were transported to Ty Cobb Memorial in Lavonia with non-life-threatening injuries.
Going into the Labor Day weekend this year, there were 68 boating incidents, six boating incident-related fatalities and 33 total drownings on Georgia waters.
Rangers also had issued a total of 158 boating under the influence citations.