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Drowning victim recovered at Vanns Tavern Park
Missing boater

Authorities say the body of a 28-year-old Atlanta man has been recovered from Lake Lanier after days of searching.

According to Sgt. Lee Brown of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the body of Corey Lamar Brown was discovered a short distance away from Vanns Tavern Park in north Forsyth County at about 4:45 p.m. on Monday.

The man went missing in the lake on Friday, June 28 and was last seen on a rented double-decker pontoon boat with a group of people jumping from the top and sliding down a slide, authorities reported.

“They had rented a pontoon boat and they were out on the lake for the day swimming,” Lee Brown said previously. “From what I understand, he was going after someone else and he started struggling and then went down.”

Mark McKinnon, public affairs officer for the Georgia DNR, said game wardens were called to the scene around 6:15 p.m. Friday. Two individuals were rescued by the game wardens, but a third never resurfaced.

Brown said he believes the man knew how to swim and wasn’t sure if alcohol was a factor in the reported drowning.

Due to an unclear search area and the depth of the lake -- between 12- and 50-feet deep -- authorities had some difficulty in locating and finding the man's body.

Sonar was used to search the area until about 1 a.m. Saturday and began again around 7 a.m. The dive team and sonar searches were called off as boat traffic picked up on Saturday.

Dive teams resumed searching through Sunday.

The body eventually was located on Monday and was confirmed and recovered by a DNR remotely-operated underwater vehicle, Brown said.

The man's body will now be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for an autopsy before being released to his family.

Reporters Layne Saliba and Nick Watson contributed to this story.