Wagswoofs – An 18-year-old man tragically lost his life while participating in a duck hunting excursion near the border of Georgia and North Carolina.
On the 18th of November, dispatchers at the Clay County, North Carolina 911 center received an emergency call reporting a drowning incident at a secluded area of Lake Chatuge.
This particular area cannot be reached by car and is located offshore from government land, just north of the Georgia state line.
A sergeant from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and a dedicated volunteer embarked on a boat to reach the site of the drowning incident.
Around 11:20 a.m., Sheriff Mark Buchanan of Clay County and another volunteer made their way to the scene by boat.
Trenton Daniel Johnson, 18, from Ellijay, was engaging in a duck hunting activity alongside his companion, Carson Bentley, who hails from the same locality.
According to Bentley, he and Johnson were in the boat after successfully shooting a duck. Bentley took charge and started the boat motor.
According to Bentley, he immediately leaped into the water and made an attempt to secure a life jacket on Johnson. However, despite his efforts, he was unable to accomplish this task.
Johnson tragically lost his life in water that had a depth ranging from 10 to 12 feet. This unfortunate incident occurred approximately 40 to 50 feet away from the safety of the shoreline.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is strongly encouraging boaters to prioritize their safety by wearing a life jacket, especially during this time of the year when the cold water can make swimming more challenging.