CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Georgia officials say an 18-year-old drowned just hours after graduating high school when he was tied to a shopping cart and pushed into a lake as part of a game with friends.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says Chance Werner of Cartersville died at Lake Allatoona about 35 miles northwest of Atlanta. His body was found early Sunday morning in about 30 feet of water and he was still tied to the cart.
She says in the game Saturday night, participants sat in a shopping cart that was tied to a pole.
Others pushed the cart to the end of the dock so that the person sitting in it would be flung into the water. Cummings says the cart was tied to Werner instead of a pole and it pulled him under.
“This is a tragedy for this young man just as he was starting the next stage in his life,” Cummings told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Cummings said this is the first drowning of the holiday weekend and the first at Lake Allatoona this year.
“We don’t want people playing games with water like this,” Cummings told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s an accident waiting to happen — kids playing with ropes and heavy objects.”
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