With a pair of fatal accidents on Lake Lanier already this year, the Department of Natural Resources is encouraging caution on one of the state's busiest waterways.
On Saturday, a two-boat accident late at night claimed the life of Stephen Blake Jones, 59, of Duluth.
A week earlier, authorities believe 14-year-old Carlos Amaya "became distressed" while swimming on the lake. His stepfather, 40-year-old Jose Alfredo Benitez of Lawrenceville, attempted to save him when both went under and drowned.
"You have more and more people visiting Lake Lanier every year," Sgt. Lee Brown, a DNR conservation ranger, said. "That's when you tend to have more incidents."
Brown offered several tips for staying safe on the water.
-- Children should be supervised and wear a lifejacket at all times.
-- Don't drink and boat. "Have a designated driver, just like you would on the highway," Brown said.
-- Make sure lights are working. You may be able to navigate the lake without them -- but that doesn't mean other boats can see you.
-- Never swim alone, and only swim in supervised areas.
-- Know your boat's load capacity.
For more information and tips, visit goboatgeorgia.com.