A serious boating accident on Lake Blue Ridge on Saturday, June 10th 2017 resulted in one fatality, one injury and one arrest.
FetchYourNews.com received an update from Mark McKinnon, Public Affairs Officer, Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division at approximately 7pm Sunday the 11th.
Operator, Chad Haase, was towing two persons on a tube behind a ski boat when the tube struck the shoreline. One male subject, David Harvey Payseur III, was pronounced dead by Fannin County Coroner a short time after being brought back to the lake marina area. Another female subject, Deborah Brooks, sustained lacerations to both upper legs. After also being transported by boat to the marina area, and waiting EMS, she was then transported by ambulance to Fannin Regional Hospital, and then to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga Tennessee. The operator of the towing vessel, Chad Haase, was subsequently arrested for BUI. After further investigation, Mr. Haase was charged with Homicide By Vessel in the 1st Degree, Serious Injury by Vessel, BUI (Less Safe), Reckless Operation, and V.G.C.S.A (Possession of Marijuana Less than 1 Oz.)Deceased victim – David Harvey Payseur III, age 47, of Atlanta, GAInjured victim – Deborah Brooks, age 48, of Morganton, GAVessel Operator (arrested) – Chad Philip Haase, age 44, of Atlanta, GA
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FetchYourNews.com has talked with local Fannin County Sheriff’s office and DNR who are actively investigating. The DNR Law Enforcement Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is on the scene.
The following update was received from Mark McKinnon, Public Affairs Officer, Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division:
At approximately 6:00 p.m. Saturday, DNR Game Wardens responded to a boating incident in Fannin County on Lake Blue Ridge that resulted in one fatality and one injury. Initial observations indicated that the two victims were being towed in a tube behind a vessel when the tube struck the shoreline. The injured victim was transported to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga by air ambulance. The DNR Critical Incident Reconstruction Team, along with the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the incident and charges are pending. Upon notification of next of kin, names of those involved will be released.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (June 28, 2016) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is proposing a change to walleye fishing regulations at Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County. This change would adjust the current walleye creel and possession limit from fifteen (15) to eight (8) fish.
“The current creel and possession limit of fifteen walleye at Lake Blue Ridge was established in the 1970’s and no longer meets management objectives,” says John Biagi, chief of the Fisheries Management Section. “This change would adjust the walleye creel and possession limit to the statewide limit of 8 fish, further simplifying fishing regulations for Georgia anglers.”
The Department has scheduled a public hearing to provide an opportunity for interested citizens to offer input on this proposed change. Those interested are encouraged to bring this meeting to the attention of others that also may be interested in participating. The hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 14 Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center
152 Orvin Lance Drive
Blue Ridge, GA 30513