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Search for Florida man missing at Lake Lanier to resume this morning
Driver of pontoon boat faces BUI charges in incident
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Search efforts will continue this morning for a 23-year-old Florida man missing in Lake Lanier, officials say.

Department of Natural Resources rangers planned to continue surface searches throughout the night and start again with sonar equipment after daybreak.

Hall and Forsyth County marine units responded to reports of the missing man around 5:55 p.m. Saturday in waters off Three Sisters Island.

Witnesses said the man fell off of a pontoon boat, went under and did not resurface, DNR Law Enforcement Division reported.

Hall County Fire Services Marine Rescue personnel searched for an hour before calling the search, according to Fire Services Capt. Zachary Brackett.

One diver suffered an injury during the search and was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, and was in good condition, according to Brackett.

The operator of the pontoon boat was arrested and charged with boating under the influence and transported to the Forsyth County Jail.

The DNR Law Enforcement’s Critical Incident Reconstruction Team will conduct an investigation into the incident. It is expected to take several weeks, spokesman Mark McKinnon reported.

The missing man’s name has not been released.