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Weekend 'relatively quiet'
Safety first on Fourth
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Forsyth County News

Fireworks were just about the only noise made over the July Fourth weekend, not that local authorities were complaining.

“It was relatively quiet,” said Forsyth County Lt. Col. Gene Moss.

He said the weekend was "pretty uneventful,” noting there were no fatalities or major wrecks on county roads, nor were there any drownings on the Forsyth side of Lake Lanier.

That was a welcome departure from 2008, when the lake claimed three lives in Forsyth.

There were, however, 14 arrests over the weekend for driving under the influence and four for boating under the influence.

Forsyth County Fire Captain Jason Shivers said the department helped Gwinnett County with what was initially thought to be a dive recovery.

"But it was just someone who went under water and his buddy couldn’t find him,” Shivers said. “He resurfaced and he was fine.”

Shivers said both the fireworks celebration July 3 and the July Fourth steam engine parade “went off well."

"There were a few minor injuries in the crowd, but those were responded to by fire personnel that were staged throughout the parade route, very quickly,” he said. “Any time you get large crowds together, you’re going to have individuals that have incidents like that.”

Shivers said he hopes the department’s preparation and public safety tips contributed to the successful holiday weekend.

“It was, from our perspective, a good weekend," he said.

Overall it wasn't a bad weekend on the Hall County side of the lake, though a 24-year-old woman died Monday, a day after nearly drowning at Van Pugh South Park.

Robin Hill, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources, said the woman died at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

“Ngoc Minh Vo was trying to help a child who slipped off a float,” Hill said. “She was resuscitated at the site and had a heartbeat before being transported to the medical center.”

Vo was reportedly in grave condition prior to dying from complications from the incident, which also left the 6-year-old child hospitalized.

David Kimbrell, Hall County fire chief said he believed the boy, whose face was blue when Gwinnett County rescuers found him, should be fine.

The boy was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where he was placed in a hyperbaric chamber, equipment used to administer oxygen at elevated pressures.

The treatment should work “to shorten his recovery time,” Kimbrell said.

The woman and boy were part of a larger family gathering that had stopped in a boat near a sandbar offshore of the park.

Family members were swimming in the area when the woman failed to resurface.

July Fourth festivities at Laurel Park were busy but calm, said Jeff Strickland of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. Traffic was heavy and there were "some fireworks disturbances, but nothing major.”

FCN regional staff contributed to this report.