Canton drowning prompts safety measure
by Joshua Sharpe
August 14, 2013 12:12 AM | 1807 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Canton Police Department teamed with the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority to set buoys in the water at the Hickory Log Creek Reservoir to remind visitors that no swimming is allowed.  CCMWA reservoir operator Heath Lee, left, Erik Braden, CCMWA reservoir operator, center, and Lt. Jeff Tucker of Canton Police, set the warning buoys Monday.


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The Canton Police Department teamed with the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority to set buoys in the water at the Hickory Log Creek Reservoir to remind visitors that no swimming is allowed. CCMWA reservoir operator Heath Lee, left, Erik Braden, CCMWA reservoir operator, center, and Lt. Jeff Tucker of Canton Police, set the warning buoys Monday.
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CANTON — Four months after a 17-year-old Cherokee High School student drowned in the Hickory Log Creek Reservoir in north Canton, police are taking extra steps to keep residents from swimming in the 411-acre lake.

On Monday, officers with the Canton Police Department’s marine division placed 15, 100-pound buoys throughout the reservoir to remind visitors that no swimming is allowed, said Pacer Cordry, spokesman for the Canton Police Department.

As a further safety measure, an emergency telephone also has been installed at the boat ramp entrance of the reservoir, near the intersection of Bluffs Parkway and Fate Conn Road.

Cordry said the phone is simple to operate, even in the heat of an emergency situation.

“The call box automatically calls 911 once the phone receiver is picked up,” he said.

Since the reservoir opened its waters to the

public in late March, swimming has not been permitted.

But 17-year-old Jon Thomas Bettis, of Canton, died in the water April 12 after swimming with a friend. Bettis and the friend were swimming when suddenly he began to struggle and sank into a 10- to 20-foot-deep spot in the lake.

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August 14, 2013
Somebody who can't swim goes swimming and now everybody is banned from swimming? Seriously? Really? As a society we are now officially too stupid to keep water around?

God love Canton. Bless their harts.

Everyone should have a gun instead of water.
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