Clear Sailing for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

DNR Rangers patrolling Lake Lanier ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Melissa Cummings of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division provided the official Memorial Day holiday weekend statistics for incidents in Georgia.

These figures include information for the entire weekend,  Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, 2013.

We are thankful there were no boating-related deaths on Lakes Lanier or Allatoona.

  • Drownings: 2 (1 was in the Augusta Canal; 1 was in a Private 30-acre Pond in Coffee County)
  • Boating under the Influence: 39
  • Boating Incidents: 6
  • Boating Incident Related Injuries: 5
  • Boating Incident Relate Fatalities: 0


By comparison, 2012’s Memorial Day weekend had these events:

  • Drownings: 2
  • BUI Arrests: 27
  • Boating Incidents 14
  • Boating Incidents with Injuries: 7.


An odd report of damage incurred by a houseboat at Holiday Marina that occurred either Sunday night or Monday morning was brought to our attention by the DNR’s Melissa Cummings.  There were no injuries and no other details were available.

No mention of the Memorial Day holiday should go without a mention of what we are celebrating: the sacrifices made by those who either currently serve or have served the United States of America in the military.

All gave some.  Some gave all.  Thanks to the few who have won freedom for us all.  We are in your debt.

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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