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Authorities report quiet end to summer
Little trouble over holiday weekend
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Forsyth County News

FORSYTH COUNTY — The Labor Day holiday weekend was relatively quiet in Forsyth County, according to local law enforcement personnel.

“We had no major car crashes or other incidents and our call volumes were low,” he said. “It was a very calm weekend with no major issues,” said Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

He added that was somewhat surprising since the weather was sunny and warm for most of the three-day weekend, which often can lead to more emergencies.

Rainwater said the department was fully staffed throughout the holiday period.

The traffic unit was especially busy conducting safety checks. Rainwater said those efforts yielded 15 arrests for driving under the influence and six for driving on a suspended license, among numerous other traffic citations.

The marine unit was active on Lake Lanier, although Rainwater said there were no citations issued on the Forsyth side.

In neighboring Hall County, a possible drowning was the second of two serious incidents Monday.

Earlier, an unnamed woman suffered a head laceration after the boat she was operating was struck by another vessel in the Ada Creek area on the north side of Lake Lanier.

She was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, where she was listed in serious but stable condition, according to Sgt. Mike Burgamy, Lake Lanier supervisor for DNR.

Burgamy said the woman’s boat was sitting idle with a skier in the water near the mouth of the creek when another boat, traveling south out of the creek and into the lake channel, struck it.

Officials said they were not releasing the names of those involved as the investigation unfolds, though alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

More deaths have occurred on state waters so far this year than last, state officials have said.

Coming into the weekend, the DNR reported 68 boating accidents resulting in six fatalities, plus 33 drownings on lakes and rivers.

At the same time last year, there were eight fatalities related to boating accidents but just 22 drownings.

The Times of Gainesville contributed to this report.