One day after working a drowning incident at Dam Site on Greers Ferry Lake on July 3rd, Deputies, Search and Rescue, and Game and Fish were back at Dam Site again on July 4th for a report of another drowning. A 17-year-old male was swimming near the bluffs at Trouble Island when a witness said he went down and didn’t resurface. Search and Rescue, and Game and Fish have been working the scene for the past two days in an attempt to recover the male. So far, crews have been unable to locate the teenager, but have continued working to locate him. Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the teenager.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the lake can be very dangerous. People often get tired while swimming, which can be aggravated by the heat, dehydration, or consumption of alcohol. We recommend that you know your abilities, and your limitations, and take the appropriate precautions in order to have a safe, and fun time. Life jackets are located in multiple places around the swimming area and the bluffs in Dam Site, A Bluffs, and Trouble Island. It’s always a good idea to wear a life jacket, or at least have a floatation device with you (even if you’re a strong swimmer) just in the event that something happens.
-Sheriff Chris Brown