Department of Natural Resources Communications/Outreach Specialist Melissa Cummings says there was a boating accident on Lake Allatoona on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at 1 PM in Bartow County, near the Highway 41 Day Use area.
DNR Rangers saw two PWCs jumping the wake of a boat and attempted to stop the PWCs.
While doing so, one PWC stopped. The operator of the other PWC was not paying attention and ran into the first PWC.
One PWC was operated by a 60-year-old white male and the other operated by a 29-year-old female with a 19-year-old passenger. The 19-year-old passenger was injured in the left arm during the accident.
The family chose not to accept onsite medical or ambulance assistance. They transported the 19-year-old to the hospital themselves.
The male operator was charged with a violation of the 100 foot law.
Rangers also investigated a report of a capsized boat on Lake Allatoona on Sunday shortly after 5 PM in the Red Top Mountain State Park vicinity.
The capsized boat experienced steering problems before it was swamped by the wake of a large boat passing by.
Two individuals on the smaller boat went overboard. They were wearing life jackets and were able to make it to shore safely and without injury.
Wearing life preservers saves lives.
As of Sunday night on Lake Allatoona there were:
- Zero drowings
- Five Boating Under the Influence Citations
- One Boating Incident
- Two Boating Incident Related Injuries
Please be safe on Lake Allatoona this holiday weekend.