Lake Lanier drowning deaths on the rise

Men fish from the exposed shore at Lake Lanier in Buford, Ga., Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008. Lake Lanier, the main source of water for Atlanta, is touching record low levels during the state’s prolonged drought. (AP Photo/Greg Bluestein)

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As drowning deaths persist at Georgia’s Lake Lanier, water safety has become increasingly paramount for its millions of visitors. Organizations like the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Rescue Unit, generally referred to as the “dive team,” aim to educate the public on preservation of life during the high-incident season.

Water vehicle incidents at the reservoir are also on the rise. Officials continue to stress the significance of water safety.

“Don’t go in the water alone, [and] avoid drugs and alcohol,” dive team commander Sgt. Chris Tempel said on Friday’s edition of “Closer Look.” He advises the public to operate water vehicles with care, entreating visitors to exercise caution during their lake excursions.