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Albany resident drowns in McDonough
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The Henry County dive team searches for a victim.
The Henry County dive team searches for a victim.
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Capt. Sabrina Puckett, spokeswoman for the Henry County Fire Department, reported the drowning death Monday of Benny Davis, 16, of Albany, at Lake Dow in McDonough.

Davis was in town visiting friends.

“At just after 4:30 p.m. this afternoon at Lake Dow in McDonough, the Henry County Fire Department and the department’s Dive Team responded to a possible drowning call that unfortunately ended in a recovery operation,” she said in a statement. “Despite a quick response and an extraordinarily expedient activation of the dive team, rescue efforts became recovery efforts.”

Events unfolded quickly, she said.

Henry County 911 Communications received a 911 call at 4:37 p.m.

The caller stated that his friend jumped into the water, but did not return to the surface.

Henry County units began arriving on scene at 4:41 p.m. and by 5:02 p.m. the first diver had entered into the water in effort to find the young man.

After 20 minutes the first diver exited the water and at 5:25 p.m. the second diver entered.

At 5:34 p.m., the young man was recovered from 15 feet of water.

Davis was then brought to Piedmont Henry Hospital morgue.

“On behalf of Henry County Fire Department, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this very difficult time,” Puckett said.

She said although some of the details of this incident are still unknown, there are general safety rules that can help save lives and she encouraged residents to review them.

“The Henry County Fire Department would like to remind citizens to follow water safety precautions when in and around any body of water,” Puckett said. “Never jump or dive into dark water or water that you cannot determine the depth and cannot see what might lie below the surface.

“Never swim alone and parents, never take your eyes off your children when around water.”

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