Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
Vaughn Taylor (Background image: MGN Online)
THURMOND LAKE -- A professional golfer found himself facing quite the water hazard yesterday.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirms park rangers helped rescue Vaughn Taylor's boat after it flipped over.
Workers say Taylor was fishing near the powerhouse and had tied his boat up to the safety marker line nearby. It's an area that's prone to turbulence, which caused one of Taylor's lines to come loose. The Corps says you're actually not supposed to tie your boat on that line.
The amount of turbulence caused the boat to flip, sending Taylor into the water. He was able to swim to the Georgia side of the lake and that's where park rangers found him.
The rangers were able to to help get the boat to safety.
Workers say Taylor was not wearing a life jacket, but the rangers did talk to him about not tying to the safety marker line and wearing his life jacket.
Taylor grew up in Augusta, graduated from Hephzibah High School and played golf for Augusta State University.