Georgia Department of Natural Resource Officers Conduct Critical Incident Reconstruction Investigation
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jun 10 2012 9:07 AM
HENRY COUNTY: On Saturday Seth and I visited SeaTow in Henry County. There we met two Georgia Department of Natural Resource Officers which were there investigating the boat of the recent wreck and drowning.
Georgia DNR Officer David Ruddell and Steve Robinson were the two officers. The officers are members of the CIRT ( Critical Incident Reconstruction Team ). The officers had measuring tapes, magnifying glasses, camera and other investigating tools combing over the boat.
The officers are investigating to determine the exact operation of the boat and what happened.
This boat was where the three people were traveling on in the river north of Eufaula off Highway 165 near Bluff Creek Park. The driver and center passenger of the boat were killed. The person on the right side of the boat was thrown from the boat. That person suffered injuries.
The bass boat was powered by a 225 HP motor.
The two Georgia Officers were very nice and professional. It was interesting from the investigative stand point of watching them conduct their investigation and gather facts to help them reach factual conclusions of what happen the day of the accident.
While in this case the driver was a fatality and the investigation will not lead to any arrests, the investigative information found answer questions for family and law enforcement. The investigation also leads to information for improvements to save lives.
A Message To All Boaters and People Around Water
Recently there have been several persons which have drowned. The two in the above described incident this week and one this past week at Smith’s Bend on the river.
There has been some persons drowned at the beach.
Please use caution. Please wear life vests.
We never think anything could happen to us, but in a split second, life can change on the road and/or on the water.
Life vests are available for loaners at the parks on Lake Eufaula. They are there for the safety of the persons on the water.
Everyone is here to have a good time. It is important to use the safety measures so that all who came with you to the lake, leave with you going home – safe – breathing and in the same condition they arrived in.