By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
Lake Allatoona was the site of a tragic drowning over the holiday weekend that claimed the life of an Atlanta man.
Georgia DNR Sergeant Mike Barr says 23-year-old Nicholas Alexander was on the lake with family early Sunday evening near Red Top when he decided to jump off a boat into the water.
Barr says witnesses saw a struggle and heard calls for help and though DNR staff was quickly on the scene, Alexander could not be saved;
“Once we received the call at DNR I had two rangers within minutes of the location and Ranger First Class Brooks Varnell when he arrived immediately dove in the water attempting to locate him. However the water depth there is 30 feet and as you can imagine going down that deep trying to locate an individual is extremely hard but he tried multiple times…without success. Such a tragic event for a family expecting to have a recreational holiday outing and to lose a 23-year-old son.”
Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton says it’s not believed alcohol or drugs were involved in the drowning, something Barr agreed with and further said Alexander’s death appears to be a matter of him “overestimating his swimming ability and underestimating the swimming environment.”
A second North Georgia drowning victim died over Labor Day weekend in Amicalola Creek near the Dawsonville area, according to the Gainesville Times.
A total of two people have drowned on Lake Allatoona so far this year.
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