Woman dies after swim accident on Lake Allatoona
June 05, 2013 11:30 PM | 5768 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
UPDATE:The woman rescued from Lake Allatoona on Tuesday has died.

Debra Elaine Hansard, 56, of Acworth died Wednesday at WellStar Kennestone Hospital from the injuries she received in the swimming accident, police said.

A memorial service for Hansard is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the South Canton Funeral Home in Canton. 

A 56-year-old woman is in the hospital in critical condition after a swimming accident at Lake Allatoona Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Debra Hansard of Acworth was swimming with her family on Lake Allatoona in a place that is not designated for public swimming access, said Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson Tim Cavender. Cavender said it happened at the end of McCurley Road off Kellogg Creek Road.

“We got a report that some of the people there with her had pulled her out of the lake,” Cavender said.

Hansard’s granddaughter told Cherokee County Sheriff’s officer Kenneth Johnson that she was swimming across the lake when she thought she saw her grandmother floating on her back and got worried.

The location was down a dirt trail, according to the police report, and Cavender said the trail was blocked by a closed gate and cars, so emergency service personnel had to go a quarter of a mile by foot to find the woman.

When the Sheriff’s Office arrived, a deputy ran down the path, found the woman and took over performing CPR, reports of the accident said.

Cavender said a search and rescue boat brought Hansard to the Kellogg Creek boat ramp where an ambulance could pick her up to take her to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.

According to the police report, alcohol was suspected to be a factor in the incident.
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