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Lake Lanier drowning victim ID'd

10:18 AM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Officials say a woman from Cumming drowned Sunday at Lake Lanier, the second such incident over the weekend.

A spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said the woman fell off the dock, and released her identity Monday.

The husband of 59-year-old Marines Rosa Dillon, Dan Dillon said she was trying to grab a turtle from the water when she fell in. Unable to swim, Dan jumped in to try to help her, but he could not swim either.

A neighbor heard the couple screaming, and ran to the dock to help. He called 911. 

An EMT crew arrived to the dock, and said the Dillons were a few feet away from the short. Marines was unresponsive, so EMT started CPR. 

Mr. Dillon was in better shape, the spokesperson reported. He was conscious and responsive, but exhausted.

Mr. and Mrs. Dillon were taken to Northside Forsyth. Mrs. Dillon died a little later. 

Earlier Sunday, 52-year-old Robert Lewis, of Dallas died after falling from his boat and being run over by the unmanned vessel on Allatoona Lake in northwest Georgia.

In addition to the two drowning incidents over the holiday weekend, DNR officials report eight boating related injuries and 13 arrests on Georgia's waterways for boating under the influence.

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