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Stay Out Stay Alive Fatal Accident Summaries
for 2008

June 12, 2008

A 20 year-old man drowned after diving off of a quarry cliff.

According to Walton County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Bruce Wright, authorities had been called to the location at about 4:30 p.m. the day before by friends who had been swimming with the victim. The friends said he had dived off the side of the quarry into the water below, resurfaced once and then disappeared back under the water.

The friends, who had been unable to locate him in the water, called 9-1-1.

�We searched for a few hours but couldn�t locate him either at that time,� Wright said.

The WCSO as well as county fire and emergency services personnel were joined Wednesday morning by members of the Social Circle Department of Public Safety and Rockdale and Elbert counties sheriff's offices. Just before noon a diver signaled he had located the body.

�It is just a tragic situation,� Wright said.'It doesn�t appear there were any drugs or alcohol involved' they were just kids being kids trying to beat the heat.

Wright estimated the water to be as deep as 100 feet in some parts and put the ledge where kids usually jump or dive off at about 40 feet up from the water's surface. Although the water itself is fenced off, the surrounding property has been designated as greenspace for residents in the Anslee Lake subdivision. However, people have to be a resident or accompanied by a resident to enter.

Wright said he wasn�t sure whether any of the people were authorized to be in the area at the time but said it was a tragedy under any circumstances.

Source: The Walton Tribune