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Woman missing, feared drowned in Lake Lanier
Search efforts suspended due to lightning on Sunday
Lake Lanier

Authorities are resuming efforts Monday, July 23,  to locate a woman who disappeared and was feared drowned in Lake Lanier on Sunday afternoon.

Safety officials were called to the area between Port Royale and Old Federal Park regarding a possible drowning just before 4 p.m. Sunday, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks. Upon arrival, they learned that a 31 year-old woman had jumped off a sailboat to go for a swim, but the boat drifted away from her. 

A male aboard the boat said that while the woman was attempting to swim back to the boat she became fatigued, Wilbanks said in an email release. The male tried to throw her a line but was unsuccessful. He then went into the water in an attempt to rescue her, but was unable to locate her after she went under and did not resurface.

Hall County Fire Services conducted a rescue dive search for approximately 1 hour without success. The recovery effort was then turned over to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Wilbanks said in the release. 

Due to lightning in the area, the search was suspended until this morning.

Hall County sheriff’s deputies, Hall County Fire Services, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources participated in the effort.