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Weekend drownings bring somber start to summer

Story by David Carroll

Eyewitness News Anchor

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- On this first day of summer, we have some somber reminders that while local waterways can provide great recreation, they can be deadly as well.

Forty-seven-year-old Thomas Hall jumped into the water off a boat ramp at Sale Creek. His wife says he wanted to cool off, but couldn't manage the water.

"And when he did come back up he went under and didn't come back up again," says Janice Atkinson, Hamilton County Public Information Officer.

The calls for help came far too often for Hamilton County rescue workers. On the hottest weekend so far this year, many sought relief on the water, but some never came back.

"It just goes without saying how quickly you can get in trouble," says Atkinson.

Shortly after the suck creek tragedy, deputies responded to a similar call in Sale Creek at the Isle Road boat ramp. Forty-five-year-old Donna Stacks of Dayton was found unresponsive floating on an inner tube. She was first taken to Rhea County Hospital, and was later transported via life force to Erlanger. No word Monday night on her condition.

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