Two More People Drown In Georgia Lakes

TALLULAH FALLS, Ga. (AP/WAOK) — Two more people have died from drowning in Georgia. Authorities say a teenage boy drowned while swimming with friends in a northeast Georgia lake in the Tallulah Falls area Monday.

Rabun County sheriff’s Capt. Gerald Johnson says that 17-year-old Jordan Phimmachack of Habersham County began struggling and had trouble staying above the surface as he and another teen swam in Tallulah Falls lake Monday afternoon.

Johnson said another teenager in the group tried to help him to the water’s edge, but was unsuccessful.

Dive teams were called to the scene, and Phimmachack’s body was recovered from the water around 7:30 p.m.

Tallulah Falls Lake is about 90 miles northeast of Atlanta, in the mountains of northeast Georgia.

The second drowning happened around 6 p.m. Monday evening when Spencer Dye, 25 of Gainesville, drowned in Lake Lanier.

“Dye was swimming with a friend at Bolling Mill and appears to have gotten into a little bit of trouble.  His friend was able to pull him from the water and start CPR but I’m afraid it was unsuccessful,” Melissa Cummings with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources  said.

Dye is believed to be the tenth death on Lake Lanier this year.

The deaths have included two brothers from Gainesville who died when their family’s pontoon boat was rammed by another boat operated by Paul J. Bennett of Cumming. Bennett  was freed from the Hall County Jail after posting a $50,000 bond on Monday.

Bennett is charged in a June 18 collision that killed 13-year-old Griffin Prince and his 9-year-old brother, Jake, both of Buford.

It took dive crews nine days to find Griffin’s body.

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