9yo. Girl Drowns Tubing On Chattahoochee.

3:05 AM, Jun 4, 2011   |    comments
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Friday night, neighbors in Forsyth County were still in shock, after a 9-year-old girl drowned in the Chattahoochee, in the wake of the release of a wall of water this afternoon from the Buford Dam.

   They call the street leading to this part of the Chattahoochee in Forsyth County "River Mist."  And in the surreal beauty of the twilight here, it's easy to see why.  

   But Friday night, neighbors were still in shock, after a 9-year-old girl drowned here, in the wake of the release of a wall of water this afternoon from the Buford Dam. 

   "You could see that she fell off her tube on some branches, and we assume that she floated on down," said neighbor Kevin Delen. 

   Delen was one of the first on the scene and called 911 after several other kids in the group escaped the furious water, looking for help after having lost sight of their friend, Anna Vanhorn of Peachtree City.

    "They came running up here looking for help, and I came here and grabbed my cell phone and ran down there," said Delen.  "We could not find the missing girl."

    Friday night, the group's rented rubber tubes still sat on the bank, as investigators from several jurisdictions tried to figure out exactly what happened.

    "You've got very rapidly moving water," said Capt Jason Shivers of the Forsyth Fire Department.  "Depths will increase quickly; the inexperienced can become very panicked very quickly."

    Neighbors say, even this far downstream you can hear the sirens warning that the dam is about to open.

    "A couple of times, I've come out to my mailbox to find an ambulance in my driveway with somebody from the river," said neighbor Jennifer Hugens.  "A lady was clutching a tree branch.  They were able to rescue that person, but with a child it's going to sometimes be different."

 

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