One BUI issued in Newton over holiday weekend

COVINGTON — Newton County didn’t experience much trouble on the water during the July Fourth weekend.

Mark McKinnon of the Department of Natural Resources said only one boating under the influence citation was issued on Lake Jackson and no incidents were reported on Lake Varner.

But other lakes around the state kept DNR rangers busy. Two serious boating incidents were reported on Little Tybee Island and Lake Allatoona.

A couple was camping on a small hammock on the south end of Little Tybee Island around 9:30 a.m. Saturday when they decided to leave the island and the boat struck a sandbar, leaving it grounded. When they tried to take off, a wave hit and swamped the boat. The 52-year-old man drowned and the woman was airlifted by the Coast Guard.

On Allatoona Lake in Bartow County, a boat crash injured five people including a 4-month-old child. The injuries were non-life threatening and all parties were taken to Cartersville Medical Center. The operator who crashed into the boat was found to be impaired and was charged with boating under the influence.

McKinnon said 36 BUIs were issued during the holiday weekend.