Thompson’s death appears to be Georgia’s first lake-related fatality of the Memorial Day weekend.
To keep swimmers and boaters safe, Hall deputies are cautioning lake-goers to wear life their jackets and not swim alone.
“Don’t swim alone and be careful about overestimating your swimming ability, said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks. “Many people have drowned trying to swim to an island or the other side of a cove, only to discover that it was too far for their abilities.”
He also said people should familiarize themselves with Georgia’s boating laws ahead of the busy weekend and not swim or operate watercraft while under the influence.
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