Two bodies have been found after a boat overturned Friday afternoon on Lake Lanier, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Operator Richard Corn with the Georgia State Patrol said the search will continue for the two people still missing. Corn could not confirm the genders or identities of the two recovered bodies.
A call came in to Hall County 911 before 4 p.m. Friday of a single-vessel incident just west of Cocktail Cove on the southern end of Lake Lanier.
The Department of Natural Resources, Hall County Fire Services and Forsyth County authorities responded to the scene.
“Upon arrival on the scene, they found an approximate 38-foot, tunnel-hull, racing style vessel partially submerged, and numerous other vessels in the area that were attempting to render aid,” DNR Maj. Stephen Adams said Friday.
Hall County Marine Rescue divers were searching along with the Hall Sheriff’s Office, DNR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The preliminary information, Adams said, was that the boat encountered a wake before overturning.
“It was traveling down the lake at a decent speed,” Adams said.
Officials said they believe the occupants of the boat were involved with the Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run, but Adams did not comment on whether the people involved were local participants or from afar.
On the event’s Facebook page, the group said a memorial run would be held “for the members of our Poker Run family” at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.