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Rangers plan water jump at War Hill Park on Lanier

DAWSONVILLE — If you see soldiers jumping from helicopters into Lake Lanier this week, don’t worry, there’s no emergency.

The 5th Ranger Training Battalion from Camp Merrill in Dahlonega will be doing a water jump training exercise on Wednesday at War Hill Park in Dawson County, near where it meets Forsyth and Hall counties.

Soldiers will parachute into the lake from Georgia National Guard helicopters to build proficiency in airborne operations and enhance morale of the unit, according to a news release from the battalion.

The exercise also involves partnerships with local law enforcement and emergency medical service agencies.

All vehicles should be removed from the War Hill Park boat ramp area before 9 a.m. Tuesday as the park is closed for the exercise. Rehearsals will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Boat traffic also may be delayed in the area Tuesday and Wednesday to ensure safety of the soldiers and boaters.

In the case of inclement weather, the jump will be postponed to May 13.