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Groups gather at Lake Lanier to promote boating safety
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Craig Sowers tells 6-year-old Isabella Emerson how to toss a throw-rope through a wooden cutout of a struggling swimmer Saturday at Sunset Cove on Lake Lanier Islands. “We teach children to reach, throw or row, but never go,” Sowers said. “It’s dangerous to try to rescue someone by swimming out — better to throw a rope from shore or row out in a boat.” Sowers was manning the corps’ booth set up at the beach and dock area for Boating Safety Awareness Day. - photo by NAT GURLEY
In anticipation of the summertime increase in lake recreation, the Lake Lanier Association held a Boating Safety Awareness Day Saturday at Lake Lanier Islands resort. In addition to providing information, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary was on hand to conduct complimentary vessel safety inspections. “This is for all types of water and boating safety, and basically it’s to increase awareness of the issues,” Executive Director Joanna Cloud said.