Monday, July 8, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
A Cumming woman fell off her dock Sunday and, despite the valiant efforts of her husband, drowned in Lake Lanier.
According to Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings, 59-year-old Marines Rosa Dillon fell into the water Sunday evening "while trying to grab a turtle in the water." Her husband Dan later told rescuers that she could not swim and he jumped in to save her; he couldn't swim either.
"A neighbor heard them screaming and ran down to the dock to help and then called 911," Cummings said. That call went to Forsyth County emergency operators at about 6:10 p.m.
EMTs arrived and found both Dillons "a few feet away from the shore," Cummings said. Dan Dillon was conscious and responsive but his wife was unresponsive. Both were transported to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where Marines Dillon was later pronounced dead.
Lake Lanier saw no drownings, boating under the influence arrests or other incidents over the first three days of the weekend, but DNR officials reported Dillon's drowning, three BUIs and one incident on Sunday. No injuries were sustained in the incident.