Posted: Monday, June 2nd 2014 at 11:32am
DNR says youth involved in near drowning was saved by boaters
By B.J. Williams Administrator
GAINESVILLE - A 12-year-old boy who suffered a near drowning experience on Lake Lanier Saturday afternoon is fortunate to be alive, according to officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Ranger Adam Loudermilk said by the time he arrived on the scene around 5:30 p.m. and found the boy already out of the water and on the shore of a small island near Ahaluna Drive in northwest Hall County. At the time, the boy was breathing, but unresponsive.
Loudermilk said it appeared the boy had been swimming in the lake with his 6-year-old brother and the two had attempted to swim from the shore to the island.
He estimated the boy was under water between three and five minutes before he was rescued by unidentified boaters in the area. Loudermilk said there were a number of witnesses at the scene when DNR arrived.
Loudermilk said he visited the boy at Northeast Georgia Medical Center around 9 p.m. Saturday. He said the boy was weak, but was able to talk with him about the incident, even though he remembered very little of what happened.
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