Authorities say that an Atlanta man has been charged in connection with a Labor Day boating incident on Lake Lanier that left one woman severely injured.
According to Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon, Olajide Olaolorun, 32, was taken into custody for allegedly boating under the influence on Monday night after a 40-foot “party pontoon” backed over an Atlanta woman in Lake Lanier, causing “severe [propeller] injuries” to her left leg.
Lake Lanier Labor Day 2019 Statistics
Boating fatalities: 0
Boating incidents: 1
Alcohol involved boating incidents: 1
Boating under the influence arrests: 9
Source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources
The victim was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center after multiple fire and emergency first responder units responded to Port Royale at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday.
Olaolorun was arrested at the scene by DNR officers and was transported to the Hall County Jail. He was later released under a bond of $1,300.
McKinnon said that the incident is currently under investigation by the DNR.
According to data provided by the DNR, Olaolorun’s arrest was one of 19 arrests for boating under the influence made by the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division during the three-day weekend.
DNR data states that there were no drownings or boating fatalities statewide during that time period. This incident was the sole alcohol-involved boating incident reported by the DNR.
Attempts to reach Olaolorun for comment were unsuccessful as of press time.