Georgia lawn worker, 22, falls into pool and drowns after being trapped by leaf blower, tributes pour in

Georgia lawn worker, 22, falls into pool and drowns after being trapped by leaf blower, tributes pour in
The Columbia County Coroner identified the victim as 22-year-old Keontae Alston (inset) of Augusta (KXLN, Facebook/Keontae Alston)

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA: A lawn care worker, who tragically died, is being remembered by his family and friends after he fell into a pool with his equipment and drowned.

Georgia authorities revealed how the man was working on a lawn at a home in the 3800 block of Honors Wayin in West Lake, a gated community in Martinez, situated about 140 miles east of Atlanta, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when he fell into the pool. He was reportedly wearing a leaf blower on his back when he fell in. Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins identified the victim as 22-year-old Keontae Alston, of Augusta.

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Collins said Alston toppled into the pool while working and the weight of the leaf blower prevented him from coming out of the water. He was pulled out of the pool by one of his co-workers and the homeowner, who began life-saving measures and were assisted by emergency rescue crews. However, they were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene at around 6.30 pm local time, WJBF-TV reported. An investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is underway at the time of publication.

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Alston's untimely demise was mourned by friends and family on Facebook. “I’m really tired of seeing my generation (lose) their lives,” his pal Orlando Mays wrote, “... hate this happened.” “I miss my baby,” his mother Cherika Leeks commented on the post.

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"Man I love you cuhh ion even know what to say bih. Keontae Alston, I can’t believe you left brah," another pal added. "Keontae Alston boy u hit a spot with dis one bru we grew up together dawg Rest In Peace my ni**a Fasho dat," someone else wrote. While another offered, "It wasn’t a single hateful bone in yo body big bro. we always kept each other straight .. we looked out for each other in areas dat we couldn’t provide for ourselves.. u always checked on me, loved the hell out of yo daughter and yo family ..you left yo mark on me & da city fasho brotha, imma genuinely miss you and the good times we had .. and I keep feeling like you finna open my msg hit me back but neva again... I feel like I’m dreaming rn but rest up, and I love you family .. and yo family my family!"

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MEAWW previously reported how billionaire David Shamash's wife drowned while attempting to save him after he had a heart attack in the swimming pool. Diana Shamash dove into the pool, while still wearing her clothes, in an attempt to help her 82-year-old estate billionaire husband, David. Suspicions were raised by neighbors, who were supposed to join the English pair for supper. When the neighbors rang the doorbell and nobody answered it, they went inside the house and found the elderly couple's bodies floating in the swimming pool. We also reported how comedian Teddy Ray drowned to death on August 12 this year. The 32-year-old was found floating in a private pool in by a maintenance worker, who reported it to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said there were no obvious signs of foul play in connection with Ray's death, whose legal name was Theodore Brown.

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