lake lanier deaths increasing

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  1. Bt Doctur

    Bt Doctur Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    Ex SRV 240 Weekender twin
    in between
  2. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

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    What does this mean: "Of the nine deaths on the lake, two were boating accidents and seven were drownings."

    Does that mean the drownings where swimmers? Then what do boating safety courses and life jackets have to do with it?
     
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  3. Handsome Transom

    Handsome Transom Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Deaths from drowning seem to be on the rise here as well. Georgian bay and area. A few were swimmers from boats. I think here it has something to do with cold water. The air temps are high and folks are not prepared when they enter 60 degree water.. Alcohol use is another factor and there seems to be more of that given the stats for DUI's this summer so far
     
  4. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

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    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Handsome, many people are not aware of what cold water drownings are and how they happen. A friend of mine who was a very experienced boater died from this several years ago.

    This happens when people jump into cold water. The body's reaction is to inhale and will even do this when the body is still underwater. It's an involuntary reaction to the cold water. When the body ingests this cold water the person can be unable to rise to the surface of the water and drowns.
     
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  5. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Golfman, I have been on Lake Lanier since 1995 and the idiots seem to really be out in force this season. Our water isn't cold, surface temp +80 degrees. The seven referenced were swimming from shore. We have a lot of parks around the lake and inexperienced swimmers seem to wind up on the losing end of a big lake.
     
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  6. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

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    Ok. That confirms my issue with the article. The boaters aren't the problem, so boating classes and life jackets won't do squat. They should have really talked about beach/lake safety.
     
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  7. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    Just be thankful you haven't seen any Vibro issues yet...
     
  8. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno RDP-110, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    Boat Guy, I hear you! That would be some craziness. There were some articles spread around on Facebook about e-coli and leeches that were crazy, I think some lakehouse owners paid for them to thin out the idiots... Beautiful Lake, we love it!
     
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  9. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    There are swimming areas around some of the lakes in the DFW area. Every summer there are people who are wading out in the lake who can't swim, no floatation. They wander out too far and step over a drop off.

    Sad.
     
  10. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    I've always preached that everyone learn to swim. When my granddaughters were little I insisted they take lessons or they couldn't come on the boat. They both turned into excellent swimmers, they can swim miles at a time now:)....and I still worry about them.:(
     
  11. susanandlance

    susanandlance Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    So how does that make since as in where I'm at the temp is approaching 100+ with humidity and the spring water is 72 year round, maybe that's not enough difference......
     
  12. Whatnext

    Whatnext New Member

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    I would have to agree that stupidity is out in full force. We were on the lake a few weeks ago during a busy boating day. Luckily we were just cruising along when I saw something bobbing in the water. At first I thought it was a bird or something but when I got closer I realized it was some dude swimming across a busy section of the lake. I got close enough to talk to him and asked if he wanted a ride so he didn’t get run over but he refused. I couldn’t convince him to get in the boat or out of the water where boats were whizzing by him at high rates of speed. I’m sure about 75% of the boaters didn’t even see him.
     
  13. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
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    Crazy weekend on Lake Norman. One man drowned on Saturday after jumping off of a pontoon boat into water. A 16 year old died when two jet skis collided. Two boats collided Friday night with numerous injuries.
     
  14. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Active Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    Yep, sad all these drownings and accidents. Another young lady, I think 16yo, died on a jetski this weekend. Also had a guy that owns a 410 Meridian smack a brand new SeaDoo into the side of a docked boat at the Marina. It was his dock neighbors boat! I don't get it, you would think that someone with a vessel that size would have some common sense...
     
  15. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    Common sense is a funny thing...seems that people either have it or they don't and it is not easily acquired....it never ceases to amaze me how many people do not know the meaning of no wake....most do not realize that this applies to jet skis also...

    Bennett
     
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  16. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
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    The big lakes are just a free for all on the weekends. Most people have no clue about boating rules, so no point in depending on anyone obeying them. You just have to stay out of everyone's way - regardless of who has right of way etc. And it doesn't matter if it's a 20ft pontoon or a 50ft whatever.
     
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  17. susanandlance

    susanandlance Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Florida
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    Every weekend is crazy on Lake Norman, just like Wylie, both were crazy 16 yrs ago...… lol
     
  18. susanandlance

    susanandlance Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Feb 10, 2011
    Florida
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    8.1 mercruisers
    Well said Bill
     

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