Blame it on the rain, but few fatal incidents were reported on Georgia’s lakes during the unofficial start to summer.
Aside from a handful of citations for boating under the influence and a few boating-related injuries, Lake Lanier saw no significant incidents during Memorial Day weekend, according to the Department of Natural Resources, which handles law enforcement on the lake.
Two minor, separate boating incidents resulted in three injuries on Monday, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
One injury was from a tubing accident, and two other injuries with broken bones were the result of two personal watercrafts possibly hitting, according to DNR spokeswoman Melissa Cummings.
Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said the holiday weekend was relatively quiet for the local emergency service.
“We’ve had a couple of lake calls, but nothing significant,” Kimbrell said.
Statewide, the incidents were more serious but limited. One person died in a boating accident near Tybee Island and there were a few drownings reported across South Georgia, including one person who drowned in Newton County, according to Cummings.
The DNR’s law enforcement division had issued 11 citations for boating under the influence as of Sunday — with four of those issued on the waters of Lake Lanier, said Cummings.
Georgia’s roads saw a little more danger over the rainy weekend, though road fatalities for the 76-hour holiday travel period were far below expectations.
By 7:30 p.m. Monday, an estimate of 1,972 wrecks for the weekend had been exceeded and nearly 700 injuries were reported.
However, of 15 estimated fatalities, only three had been reported by Monday evening as the result of wrecks in Cuthbert, Albany and Dekalb County.
Hall County had no fatal accidents reported by press time Monday.