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2 female victims from Lake Lanier boat crash identified
Search continues for 2 men aboard boat that capsized Friday near Cocktail Cove
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The bodies of two women have been found after a boat overturned Friday afternoon on Lake Lanier, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Melissa Renee McMahan, 45, of Mount Washington, Ky., and Tammy Reece, 44, of Columbia, Ky. were located with sonar and recovered Saturday morning.

Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Rangers, along with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and the Hall County Fire Department, will continue the search for the two men who were aboard: Arthur Gene McMahan Jr., 46, of Mount Washington and Anthony Reece, Jr., 44, of Columbia.

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.

DNR, 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.

According to witnesses, the boat was travelling southbound near Cocktail Cove when it overturned.

DNR Law Enforcement’s Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident.

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, which was referenced on the event’s Facebook page.