Woman drowns on Lanier after falling off dock

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.


Gundoctor1 2 years, 1 month ago

By reading this article,she fell off "her dock", and a "neighbor" came running. Obviously this means they live near the lake, had a dock, and neither can swim??????? Unbelievable!!!!! I am sorry this happened, Surely this is a error by the reporter. If not, it is incredulous!!


anastacio5 2 years, 1 month ago

Hi Gundoctor1, your initial assesment is correct. There have been several articles about this unfortunate accident and from someone who is extremely close to this family I can tell you that the husband is an excellent swimmer and a certified scuba diver. He dove in and was actually able to drag his wife a good way to the shore, this causing his exhaustion. The problem is his wife was under water too long. The wife has never been a strong swimmer and she was suffering from stage 4 cancer, which she had managed to maintain. This was indeed a huge tragedy.


Haughton 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for your personal perspective. Thoughts and prayers to you, friends and family on the tragedy and loss.

I really wish the media would refrain from any details, they never get it right and believe they actually add to the pain of the tragedy.


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