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Second drowning occurs at Lake Lanier in less than 24 hours
Lake Lanier

Authorities currently are investigating a second drowning at Lake Lanier in less than a 24-hour span.

Hall County Fire Services is on the scene with Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Forsyth County authorities on a reported drowning at the day use area of Shoal Creek Park in South Hall. 

Initial reports indicate that a personal watercraft operator was attempting to bring a watercraft into the boat ramp when it overturned.

Capt.Zachary Brackett, Division Chief with Hall County Fire Services, said authorities were called to the scene at 8:30 p.m. and divers were there about 10 minutes later, but the victim has yet to be located. 

"It was a male, but I don't know his age," Brackett said. "He was pulling into a boat ramp when it turned over and he went over."

A 61-year-old man’s body was recovered from Lake Lanier just after midnight Saturday, May 25.

Michael Thompson was pronounced dead in what appears to be a drowning near his boat dock in the 5400 block of Pine Forest Road. He was found in the water by a family member, according to Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Wilbanks said there were “no obvious signs of trauma” and it is “believed to be an accidental drowning.”

Hall County Fire Services also responded to the drowning.

The case is still under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

Gainesville Times staff writer Layne Saliba contributed to this report.