Please be careful out there... and don't swim alone

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ATLANTA -- Four died and several were injured over the Memorial Day weekend on Metro Atlanta recreational lakes.

On Friday, a 27-year-old man presumably drowned after jumping from a boat on Lake Allatoona. Divers are still searching for his body.

On Saturday morning, a 19-year-old man training for a triathlon drowned at Dallas Beach in Acworth, and 17-year-old Quavante Combs drowned Saturday evening at Lake Lanier in Hall County. The youth was swimming with his friends when he tired and went under.

Acworth police said 34-year-old Gregory Edelin of Fairburn drowned in Lake Allatoona on Saturday morning. Witnesses said Edelin was swimming just outside the marked swimming area when he went under.

Melissa Cummings, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said the department was called to 14 other boating-related incidents, seven with injuries ranging from lacerations to broken bones. DNR cited 35 people for boating under the influence of alcohol.


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