The heat of summer in Walton County and the allure of the rock quarry off Anslee Lane in the Loganville area go hand in hand. It is almost a rite of passage for youths in the local area to sneak into the rock quarry and swim in the lake.
It is, however, illegal to do so. Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies routinely have to run kids off, especially during the summer months. There have been several reports in the last few weeks of WCSO having to do just that. There’s a good reason it is illegal. Besides being private property, it is dangerous.
According to geology.com, about 20 to 30 people die each year in accidents in abandoned mines or rock quarries in the U.S., mostly by drowning. In 2008, there was a drowning in Walton County’s rock quarry. Eric Hill, 20, of Loganville, drowned after diving off the ledge and into the lake. As reported by WSBTV at the time, his body was recovered two days later.
Geology.com reports that some of these deaths could be prevented if people were just aware of the dangers and obeyed the law on not trespassing. Deep water, steep drop-offs and sharp rocks are just a few of the dangers. As this Youtube Video shot at the quarry shows, it may look like fun, but the dangers are unmistakeable.
It may even seem a little unreasonable for sheriff’s deputies to keep running the kids off – after all they’re just having a little fun, right? But this is dangerous fun, especially when there usually is no responsible adult on site to warn of these dangers. It is likely that parents are not even aware that it is not just like a regular swim in a lake. But as geology.com warns, quarries are extremely dangerous places to swim.
Editor’s note: My children, when they were in their late teens, were run off from swimming in this quarry. At the time I had no idea they were there or of the dangers involved. Working the tragedy of Eric Hill, and being on scene when they recovered his body, taught me different. Knowing the dangers, I hate to see the increase in reports of WCSO deputies having to run kids off. I know the YouTube video looks cool, and I appreciate the talent of the people who made it, but my hope is that parents seeing it will be made aware that it really is not just a swim in the lake. There is a good reason the property is closed off to the public.