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Man, 18, drowns at Eagle Ranch

POSTED: September 4, 2008 5:00 a.m.

An 18-year-old man drowned Sunday in a creek at Eagle Ranch, a Christian-based children’s home in South Hall.

The victim’s name wasn’t immediately available.

The teenager, a former Eagle Ranch resident, was on a fishing trip with his father, said Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell.

"He and his father were fishing in different areas and the father came back to check on him and found him down in the creek," Kimbrell said.

Fire department rescue workers, responding at about 4:30 p.m., "pulled him out of the water and attempted resuscitation," the chief said.

The man was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Kimbrell said.

"From the preliminary investigation, it appears that he slipped on some rocks, hit his head and fell into the water," said Col. Jeff Strickland, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office withheld the name Sunday pending further notification of next to kin.

The two men were fishing on private property, Strickland said.

"I don’t have it available to me if they had gotten permission (to fish at the ranch) or not," he added.



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