New rules at Amerson River Park: those under 16 need personal flotation device and adult supervision

The original proposal from Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Al Tillman would have made it a requirement that everyone entering the Ocmulgee River at Amerson River Park wear a personal floatation device.

This law came about after the recent deaths of a 17 year old and 22 year old who tragically drowned while swimming in Amerson River Park.

The new law was passed on March 21st with Commissioner Bill Howell's amendment that limited the life jacked requirement to those under 16 years old. 

Those caught violating the rules might receive a verbal reprimand, be removed from the park, or be given a fine up to $500.

Amerson River Park has many beautiful views but its waters can be dangerous for unexperienced swimmers of anyone caught in an undertow (Photographer Nate Weeks)
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