Deadly weekend on area waters

LAWRENCEVILLE - While Memorial Day weekend proved tragic with three deaths at nearby lakes, the outcome wasn't so bleak in a Gwinnett County pool.

According to Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge, bystanders were able to revive a man who nearly drowned at a pool at Eagle Pointe Apartments in the Norcross area.

Emergency crews were called out to the Peachtree Corners Circle complex at 7:11 p.m. Monday, but Rutledge said the man, who had been found face down in the shallow end of the pool, had been pulled out of the water by bystanders. He was conscious, alert and breathing when he was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center - Duluth, Rutledge said.

"We were fortunate it wasn't as big a weekend, with the opening of pools. Luckily, we didn't have a drowning," he said.

But other jurisdictions were not so lucky.

At Lake Lanier, Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers recovered the body of Emanuel Rodriguez Medina, 23, of Tucker at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings said witnesses said Medina fell off a raft and did not resurface.

On Monday, Ly Pham, 39, of Lawrenceville died in the Secret Cove area of Lake Lanier. Cummings said Pham died of injuries sustained when his personal watercraft collided with another personal watercraft.

Also Monday, a body was pulled from the lake at Stone Mountain Park. According to park spokeswoman Christine Parker, the woman, who was fully clothed and had no ID, has not been identified.

An investigator in the DeKalb Medical Examiner's Office declined to release the cause of death Tuesday.