ATLANTA – At least five people have drowned across Georgia over the Memorial Day weekend, authorities said.
The latest victim was a man who drowned in the Ogeechee River on Sunday in Bryan County in southeast Georgia.
The 20-year-old man, who was not immediately identified, was swimming with friends when a current pulled him under in waters 15 feet deep, county Coroner Daniel Page said.
Also, authorities on Sunday identified a man who drowned at Turner Lake in Newton County a day earlier. Jesse Thornton, 43, of Conyers was at the family reunion of a friend when he drowned Saturday afternoon.
Friday saw the drowning deaths of two teenage brothers from Griffin and a 45-year-old Tennessee woman.
The brothers, who had jumped off a dock into West Point Lake, were pulled out of the water Friday afternoon by divers from the Troup County Sheriff's Department. Dominique Andrews, 16, and Robrica Andrews, 14, were accompanied by fellow church members and had just arrived at the Holiday Marina when they jumped off the dock into water 8 to 10 feet deep.
"We were told they were trying to touch the bottom," Troup County coroner Jeffrey Cook said.
Hours later, the Tennessee woman died in Lake Allatoona, authorities said. She was identified as Tammy Goss of Nashville, Tenn. According to Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings, Goss was on a 32-foot cabin cruiser when she fell around 9:30 p.m. Friday.