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Albany teen drowns in McDonough lake

Source: Henry County Fire Department Source: Henry County Fire Department
Benny Davis was 16 (Source: Dougherty High School) Benny Davis was 16 (Source: Dougherty High School)

Emergency crews were called to Lake Dow in McDonough after a report that a teenage boy jumped from a dock into the water and did not resurface.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. rescue crews pulled a body from the lake. The teen has been identified as Benny Davis, 16, of Albany.

Davis was in Henry County visiting friends.

His parents were notified of the drowning and were driving to the scene late Monday.

 This release was provided by the Henry County Fire Department-

At just after 4:30 p.m. this afternoon at Lake Dow in McDonough, the Henry County Fire Department and the department's Dive Team responded to a possible drowning call that unfortunately ended in a recovery operation. 

Despite a quick response and an extraordinarily expedient activation of the dive team, rescue efforts became recovery efforts. 

Henry County 911 Communications received a 911 call at 4:37 p.m.  Caller stated that his friend jumped into the water, but did not return to the surface.  Henry County units began arriving on scene at 4:41 p.m. and by 5:02 the first diver had entered into the water in effort to find the young man. 

After twenty minutes the first diver exited the water and at 5:25 the second diver entered.  At 5:34, the young man was recovered.  Sixteen year old Benny Davis of Albany was transported to Piedmont Henry Hospital.  Benny was in town visiting friends.

On behalf of Henry County Fire Department, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this very difficult time. 

Although some of the details of this tragic incident are still unknown, there is always something that can be learned from any incident.  The Henry County Fire Department would like to remind citizens to follow water safety precautions when in and around any body of water. 

Never jump or dive into dark water or water that you cannot determine the depth and cannot see what might lie below the surface.  Never swim alone and parents never take your eyes off your children when around water.


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