Albany teen drowns on Lake Dow in Henry County - CBS46 News

Albany teen drowns on Lake Dow in Henry County

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Henry County officials have identified the Lake Dow drowning victim as 16-year-old Benny Davis from Albany, GA.

Investigators with the Henry County Fire Department said Davis was in town visiting friends in the Henry County area.

Battalion Chief Tommy McClain said there is a no swimming sign at the area of Lake Dow where the teen, who was swimming with a friend, jumped into the water.

The incident happened behind the Pilgreen's restaurant located in the 1700 block of Lake Dow Road.

People nearby jumped in to help when Davis didn't resurface but were unable to find him.

CBS Atlanta Sky Eye was over the scene as dive team members searched for the teenager.

In less than an hour, divers spotted his body about 30 yards away in 15 feet of water.

Divers told CBS Atlanta News that the search went much smoother after they cleared the dock of all the bystanders.

"Most drownings are very emotionally driven anyway. People want to do something to help because it seems so close," said McClain.

The exact cause of the drowning is still under investigation.

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