Snellville man dies by drowning in Lake Allatoona on Sunday
by Hilary Butschek
July 29, 2014 12:25 AM | 2156 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — A 26-year-old Snellville man died by drowning in Lake Allatoona on Sunday, said Mark McKinnon, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Ryan Tyndall drowned as he swam away from the shore chasing after a float near Allatoona Landing in Cartersville, McKinnon said. The DNR, Bartow County Fire and Rescue and Emergency Services were on the scene by 4:15 p.m., and they found the man’s body using drag nets at 4:34 p.m., McKinnon said.

This is the fifth death from a drowning on the lake this year, McKinnon said, which is up from only one such death last year. McKinnon said drowning deaths are up across the state this year, but authorities don’t know why.

“There really isn’t any single reason as to why,” McKinnon said.

He said some deaths by drowning have been caused by people “swimming above their ability, not wearing life jackets, swimming alone, swimming under the influence of drugs or alcohol, just to name a few.”

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