Summer's the prime time for water safety - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Summer's the prime time for water safety

Eric White Eric White
Brian Covington Brian Covington
Matthew Jefferson Matthew Jefferson
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  With summer and swimming season heating up, first responders want South Georgians to think water safety.

Over the weekend in Dougherty County there were two near tragic water incidents, and first responders want you to be safe in the pool, or on the river or lake.

Over the weekend several people were kayaking on the Flint River when they were surprised by the afternoon storm, and had to call firefighters for rescue. Fortunately they were wearing floatation devices, but Rangers urge that you have a float plan as well.

 "Tell somebody where you are going, and give them contact information on how to get ahold of you. And where you will be putting in and taking out," said DNR Ranger Eric White.

Also over the weekend 18 year old Garrett McIntyre was critically hurt at a pool party, with dozens of people just feet away. Police urge you to always swim with a buddy, and have a responsible person watching parties.

 "Parents be mindful of your children and where they are at. We are asking that parents lead by example, and not encourage their children to swim in those unauthorized locations," APD Corporal Brian Covington said.

First responders warn everyone not to swim at boat landings, the river, and most especially retention ponds, where swimmers can become trapped.

Albany Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Jefferson says, "If you fall into those ponds, the slopes are so steep and it's so slippery that you have a hard time getting out. We have to use rescue ropes in order to retrieve you from those type ponds."

It only takes seconds for unsafe swimmers or boaters to drown, and first responders are urging South Georgians to practice water safety at all times. "We want to prevent any tragedies." Covington said.

Rangers remind you that there are laws in Georgia about flotation devices being mandatory in boats, and for kids to wear them. According to the CDC , drowning is one of the leading causes of injury and death for young children, and the fifth leading cause of unintentional death for all ages.


Copyright  2015 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Making Marines: A full day at Parris Island

    Making Marines: A full day at Parris Island

    Thursday, March 30 2017 7:57 AM EDT2017-03-30 11:57:58 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    WALB's Re-Essa Buckels got her first full day of Marine Recruit Depot bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina. Buckels was invited to attend Marine Corps Educator's Workshop to study how Marines are made. A Marine says "You have just taken the first step at becoming a member of the world's finest fighting force." Sixty educators, some from Jacksonville, some from Baton Rouge lined up on the legendary yellow footprints; the first place all recruits stop, be...

    More >>

    WALB's Re-Essa Buckels got her first full day of Marine Recruit Depot bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina to study how Marines are made. Sixty educators, some from Jacksonville, some from Baton Rouge, lined up on the legendary yellow footprints; the first place all recruits stop.

    More >>
  • Aspire focuses on emotional impact left by January storms

    Aspire focuses on emotional impact left by January storms

    Thursday, March 30 2017 6:57 AM EDT2017-03-30 10:57:16 GMT
    Aspire wants South Georgians to know that they are here to offer assistance (Source:WALB)Aspire wants South Georgians to know that they are here to offer assistance (Source:WALB)

    Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability provided an on-site clinic inside the American Red Cross Shelter located inside the Albany Civic Center to help those experiencing mental health issues. The group wants residents know that they're still available to help those in need.

    More >>

    Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability provided an on-site clinic inside the American Red Cross Shelter located inside the Albany Civic Center to help those experiencing mental health issues. The group wants residents know that they're still available to help those in need.

    More >>
  • Rainfall Gauge

    Rainfall Gauge

    Today: 0.00'": Monthly Total 1.21"; Normal for the Month 5.22"; Yearly Total 13.03"; -/+ Year to Date -2.52".

    More >>

    Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 1.21"; Normal for the Month 5.22"; Yearly Total 13.03"; -/+ Year to Date -2.52".

    More >>
Powered by Frankly