Monday, July 4, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Divers recovered the body of a 20-year-old Norcross man Sunday afternoon at Lake Allatoona, where authorities said he had been swimming with family.
Augustine Ramirez Del Angel drowned near Clark Creek Campground, according to Brandon Duncan, deputy coroner for Bartow County.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources Spokesman Rick Lavender said Del Angel started having trouble swimming in about 40 feet of water, and his body was recovered about 6:25 p.m. by Bartow County Fire and Rescue.
"From what we were told, he was either a non-swimmer or a marginal swimmer," Lavender said.
In neighboring Hall County, a 23-year-old man drowned Sunday afternoon in Lake Lanier at Van Pugh Park North. Authorities said he was wading in shallow water when he suddenly went under and did not resurface.
As of Monday evening, there were four drownings reported statewide during the July Fourth holiday weekend, Lavender said.
In addition to the four non-boating-related deaths over the weekend, there were 35 citations statewide for boating under the influence.
There were 13 boating wrecks, eight injuries and two boating incidents involving alcohol, according to Lavender.
Three drownings were reported on Sunday, including two at Lake Allatoona and one at Lake Lanier.
Lavender said a 45-year-old man drowned Saturday while swimming in the Altamaha River in Appling County.