Sunday November 29th, 2015 7:49PM

Grief counselors at EHHS following student drowning

By Staff
GILLSVILLE - Grief counselors will remain on campus throughout the school day Friday following the drowning death of a 16-year-old student in Cedar Creek Reservoir Thursday afternoon.

Hall County School System spokesman Gordon Higgins identified the student in a Friday morning press release as Juan Carlos Salazar.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the student who tragically lost his life today," Higgins said.

Hall County Fire and EMS Chief David Kimbrell said the teen was swimming in the reservoir with a group of friends when he became distressed and went under the water.

"Our marine rescue team went in the water and dove for about 22 minutes," said Kimbrell. "...and he was recovered in about 28 feet of water."

Hall County Sheriff's Deputy John Marshall said Friday there were six teens, including the victim, at the reservoir when the incident occurred just before 2 p.m..

"The victim's friends, who had been with him, tried to help him in and were unable to conduct the rescue," said Marshall in a press statement.
Witnesses, all high school students, provided divers with good information for rescue/recovery operations."

Cedar Creek Reservoir is a 143-acre lake off Timber Ridge Road.
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 10 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 10 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 10 months ago )
Local/State News
Georgia's Richt stepping down following 'mutual' decision
Mark Richt stepped down as Georgia's coach on Sunday in what was called a "mutual" decision but looked like a firing...
By The Associated Press
4:14PM ( 3 hours ago )
Falcons' slump deepens in 20-10 loss to Vikings
Adrian Peterson ran for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Matt Ryan threw two more interceptions, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the slumping Atlanta Falcons 20-10 on Sunday.
4:13PM ( 3 hours ago )
Newspaper investigation: Campaign reports full of errors
Campaign finance reports filed by state and local officials in Georgia are often riddled with mistakes and discrepancies, with some leaving tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash apparently unaccounted for, an Atlanta newspaper investigation shows.
By The Associated Press
3:21PM ( 4 hours ago )
Cooperative weather, flights aid so-far smooth post-Thanksgiving travel efforts
NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of millions of Americans returning home after the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend Sunday had cooperative weather and mostly efficient airport operations to thank for smooth trav...
2:59PM ( 4 hours ago )
Hall Co Fire Services hosting bicycle helmet fitting and giveaway event
Hall County Fire Services will be sponsoring a free bike helmet giveaway on Monday.
By Russell Brown
11:54AM ( 7 hours ago )