Cherokee County

Cobb County man drowns after falling off tube on Lake Allatoona

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A Marietta man is dead after drowning on Lake Allatoona, Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials confirm to Channel 2 Action News.

DNR game wardens, Cherokee County Fire/EMS and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the lake around 2 p.m. about a person missing near Little River Marina.

[DOWNLOAD: Free WSB-TV News app for alerts as news breaks]

When they arrived, they learned a group on a rental boat were tubing when 40-year-old Robbie Cornelius fell off the tube. Officials say he was not wearing a life jacket when he went under the water and immediately complained of leg pain.

Officials say several groups of people attempted to jump in to save Cornelius, but had to abandon their rescue attempt after he began to pull those who were trying to rescue him under water.


Just before 5 p.m., Cornelius’ body was located and recovered by the Cherokee Fire/EMS dive team in 16-feet of water.

His body was turned over to the county coroner.

[SIGN UP: WSB-TV Daily Headlines Newsletter]


Comments on this article