ATLANTA — The number of people who died in Georgia waters over the Memorial Day has grown to at least eight.

A 49-year-old Brantley County man drowned while boating Monday afternoon at a lake in Laura Walker State Park in Waycross.

William Joseph Smith was on a long boat around 3 p.m. when the boat turned over on top of him and his 12-year-old grandson, Ware County coroner Atha Lucas said. Smith drowned. The boy was taken to a hospital in Savannah in serious condition, Lucas said.

Also Monday, a man drowned in a pool in Douglas County and another body was recovered from a pond in Cobb County. Police are awaiting autopsy results to determine whether prior medical conditions played a part in those deaths.

In the Douglas County incident, Calvin Jiles, 55, was found floating in a Douglasville pool around 2 p.m. Witnesses told police Jiles had been swimming and playing in the pool at a mobile home park when they noticed he was not moving, Coroner Randy Daniel said. Friends tried to revive Jiles but he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Jiles had a history of renal failure and was on dialysis, Daniel said.

“We won’t know until the autopsy whether he had some kind of episode,” Daniel said.

An hour later, in Cobb County, a police dive team recovered the body of a 34-year-old man who had been missing since Friday. Charles Eugene Arnold was last seen Friday evening when he and a cousin went fishing, police said. His body was recovered from a pond near the Chattahoochee River, Cpl. Dana Pierce, said.

Arnold had epilepsy, but police did not immediately know if he fell into the water or if another factor led to his death, Pierce said.

At least five other drownings were reported across the state Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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