Another Boat Capsizes in Lake Allatoona Due to Big Wake

The operator was cited for allowing a child younger than 13 to ride in a moving vessel without a life jacket.

Perhaps another example of the importance of wearing life jackets while boating, a second boat has capsized in Lake Allatoona in as many weeks.

Two men and three children were on board a boat Saturday when it capsized near the boat ramp at the Highway 41 Day Use Area near Acworth in Bartow County.

Emergency 911 dispatchers about 4:39 p.m. called Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division rangers for help, according to an agency news release.

A wake from another boat had came over the front of the doomed vessel, flooding it. As a result, the boat overturned.

Another boater in the area immediately jumped into the water to help the men and children, one of whom was younger than 13.

Ranger Zack Hardy and DNR Intern Walker Jardine cited the operator of the capsized boat for allowing a child younger than 13 to ride in a moving vessel without a life jacket. They also gave a properly-fitted life jacket to the operator for the young child.

. Another vessel about 5 p.m. created a large wake, which swamped the smaller boat, filling the back of it with water near Red Top Mountain State Park.  

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Cynthia Jinks June 03, 2013 at 10:46 AM
My wonderful neighbors were the ones who jumped in to help the young children to safety. GOD bless them and thank goodness they were all ok!
Dona June 03, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I thinks it's unfortunate that fellow boaters aren't more respectful of each other. Swamping a smaller boat or powering past a smaller boat serves what purpose? My boat is bigger than yours? Get over yourself. Safety is the most prominent and those of you who run full throttle past other boaters are disrespectful; Be mindful.
Misty Chandler June 03, 2013 at 03:23 PM
All three children were under the age of 13. Their was a 1yr old, a 3 yr old and an 11 yr. old.
Austen Chandler June 03, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I'm One of the ones in the boat that rescued the people in lake allatoona on Saturday whoms boat capsized.it was hard getting them in but I'm just happy that they are safe and that God was with us during the event
Kristy Bonner June 03, 2013 at 05:08 PM
"...had came over"? Really?


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