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Divers recover lake drowning victim
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Forsyth County News

Hall County divers have recovered the body of a 67-year-old North Carolina man who drowned Tuesday afternoon in Lake Lanier.

The body of James David Brown of Asheville was recovered about 11 a.m. Wednesday, Hall County Sheriff’s Col. Jeff Strickland said.

Brown’s children and wife were at the scene when his body was recovered.

Brown was in town for a family reunion and was riding on an 18-foot ski boat about 2 p.m. Tuesday near Little Hall Park off Dawsonville Highway, near the Forsyth County line.

The boat stopped to pick up a child being towed on an inner tube and Brown jumped into the water for a swim, Strickland said. He never resurfaced.

Divers spent about six hours searching for Brown’s body on Tuesday before suspending the search at dark.

They spent another two-plus hours searching today before locating the body in about 50 feet of water using a sonar device.

The drowning is the second of the year on Lanier.

A 27-year-old Lawrenceville man is believed to have drowned May 16 after sliding off a water slide on a rented houseboat in the lake near Six Mile Creek, east of Shady Grove Campground.

The body of Rohan Mathew has not been found, though authorities spent about 12 days and more than 1,200 man hours searching in that part of the lake, which is 60 to 120 feet deep.

One of the lake's at least three drowning in 2009 was on the Forsyth County side.