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Teen drowns in East Hall reservoir
East Hall High student, 15, was swimming with friends at Cedar Creek
Cedar Creek Reservoir - photo by Carly Sharec

Hall County emergency responders retrieved a teen’s body Thursday from Cedar Creek Reservoir in East Hall.

The 15-year-old had been swimming with friends at the reservoir, said Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Marshall.

The call reporting a possible drowning came in at 1:41 p.m. The teen’s body was retrieved at 2:48 p.m. about 100 feet from shore in water that was 28 feet deep, Hall County Fire Services Chief David Kimbrell said.

Initial reports stated the victim was “having difficulty” after swimming out so far. Kimbrell said he likely became distressed and tired.

The Hall County School District identified the victim as a student from East Hall High School. Superintendent Will Schofield said he met with the family Thursday evening.

Swimming is not allowed and Kimbrell said “no swimming” signs are posted around the reservoir, though none were seen in the area the boys entered. Fishing and boating are permitted.

The access road to the reservoir is off Timber Ridge Road, near Joe Chandler Road, and is gated though there’s room to walk around the gate.

According to Kimbrell, this is the fifth drowning of the year, including three in Lake Lanier and one in a pool.