Deputies: Alcohol may have contributed to boating incident on Tobesofkee

Alcohol may have been factor in boat accident

Around 10:30 Tuesday night, Bibb County deputies were dispatched to Moseley Dixon Road on Lake Tobesofkee in reference to a boat in the roadway

When deputies arrived they found 50-year-old Lloyd Carlton George lying behind the boat, face down on some rocks with a large gash on his forehead.

Wednesday morning, WMAZ received an incident report from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office that says the deputy who searched the boat found an open container of alcohol and smelled alcohol on Mr. George's breath.

Georgia code O.C.G.A 52-7-12 says no person shall operate, navigate, steer, or drive any moving vessel, water skis, moving aquaplane, moving surfboard, or similar moving device while under the influence of alcohol... any drug, glue, aerosol, or other toxic vapor... or a combination of any two or more of those substances. 

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, there have only been 4 documented boating incidents on Lake Tobesofkee in the last 5 years, and only 2 of those involved alcohol. 

In 2016, there were 12 boating accidents in the state of Georgia where alcohol was a contributing factor. That's according to a report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard. 

They say those 12 accidents lead to seven deaths plus seven other injuries.

As we head into the 4th of July weekend, DNR has sent out the following reminders.

If you are on a boat, you must have a personal flotation device that is Coast Guard-approved, in good condition, fits appropriately, and is accessible at all times. 

Kids 13 and under must wear a personal flotation at all times on board a moving vessel.

All boats must be registered and have registration on board. 

Operators must obey the rules of the road and be familiar with all boating laws.

According to the incident report from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, George refused to take a legal blood test.

The sheriff's office hasn't made any charges, but say they could once the investigation is completed.

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