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Aimee McCray drowns in Center Hill Lake
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TWRA, along with the DeKalb and Putnam County rescue squads and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a call for a missing person at the Hurricane Marina off Highway 56 on Center Hill Lake around 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Aimee McCray, 35, of Davidson County was reported missing after a friend’s search of the area turned up empty. McCray reportedly spent the previous evening on a houseboat but could not be found the following morning.
The DeKalb County Rescue Squad discovered McCray’s body in the water near the boat dock around 3:20 p.m. Putnam County Rescue Squad recovered the body. The accident is still under investigation.
With warm weather arriving and lake activity increasing, the American Red Cross says no one, regardless of their swimming ability, is “drownproof.” The Red Cross is issuing these reminders when it comes to lake activity.
Be mindful of fast-moving currents, waves and rapids, even in shallow water.
Pay attention to hazards, such as dams, underwater obstacles, or rocks or debris moving on the surface or along the bottom of the water.
Aquatic life, such as vegetation that could entangle feet or animals that live in, on or around the water can be problematic.
Watch out for other people’s activities in the same waters, such as boating.
Watch for signs of severe weather and leave the water at the first indication of thunder and lightning. In the event of an electrical storm, stay inside an enclosed area for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
Know the abilities of those going with you, including swimming abilities and level of supervision required. Be sure to provide appropriate supervision.
Always swim with a buddy and dive only in water clearly marked as safe for diving. Diving areas should be at least 9 feet deep with no underwater obstacles.
Do not enter the water from a height, such as a tree, ledge or bridge.
Do not use alcohol and/or drugs.