Body of distressed swimmer recovered in Canton - CBS46 News

Teen's body recovered from Canton reservoir

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CANTON, GA (CBS46) -

A teen who drowned in the Hickory Log Creek reservoir Wednesday has now been identified.

Police say 17-year-old Jon Bettis, of Canton, was fishing with a friend when he decided to go for a swim and then went under. Rescue crews recovered his body several hours later.

Police said Bettis entered the reservoir from private property near the new boat launch that opened last month.

"We advise everybody not to swim in it," said Officer Pacer Cordry, of the Canton Police Department. "It's posted for no swimming, so it's a boating only lake and that's what we're asking the public to do."

A friend of Bettis' told CBS Atlanta News that he was a junior at Cherokee High School. They describe him as funny and outgoing.

"Everyone was saying how they were going to pray for his family and Jon's girlfriend and all of his friends," said junior Faith Cowley. "I mean everyone was his friend."

Canton officials said signs are posted that make it clear swimming is not allowed in the public area.

"There is signage at our public launch and the public launch is the only authorized public entryway into the reservoir," said Canton City Manager Scott Wood.

However, some who frequent the boat launch are said the sign has small print and is not clearly visible.

"A lot of times kids are not going to stop and read the signs anyway unless it's a big huge sign with fluorescent stuff on it," fisherman Rusty Thomas said. "They're not going to pay attention to it."

Wood said the city will review ways to enhance public safety at the reservoir but he urged peopled to use common sense.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner's Office.

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