Bartow County search and rescue personnel responded to another Lake Allatoona drowning on July 27, 2014. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland
According to Mark McKinnon, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the year’s fifth drowning in Lake Allatoona occurred about 4 PM, on Sunday, July 27, 2014.
A 26-year-old man, identified by the Bartow County coroner’s office as Ryan Tyndall, of Snellville, was swimming away from the shore near Allatoona Landing in Bartow County when he went under while attempting to retrieve a float.
Mr. Tyndall was not wearing a life preserver and never resurfaced, according to witnesses.
This latest tragic drowning was the 27th of 2014 in Georgia.
We extend our condolences to Mr. Tyndall’s family and friends.
Please observe these safety tips when swimming:
Always swim with a buddy, never swim alone.
Know your swimming limits and stay within them. Don’t try to keep up with a stronger skilled swimmer or encourage others to keep up with you.
Swim in supervised areas only. Drop-offs or other underwater hazards may not be detectable from above the surface.
Obey “No Diving” signs that indicate the area is unsafe for headfirst entries. Enter feet-first into water rather than headfirst if you don’t know the depth.
Watch out for the “dangerous too’s” — too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.