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Authorities search near Holiday Marina for Atlanta man who went overboard
Lake Lanier
Authorities searched the water Saturday, June 18, between Holiday Marina and Van Pugh South after a man went overboard. - photo by Tracie Pike

Update, 2 p.m. Monday, June 20: Department of Natural Resources Lt. Judd Smith said game wardens are continuing to search Monday into the night.

“Deep water and standing timber make for challenges, but efforts will continue until all options are exhausted,” according to the department.



UPDATE, 8:30 a.m., Sunday, June 19.: Kaiyan Ding, 29, of Atlanta, has been identified as the man who went overboard on Saturday, June 18, from a boat near Holiday Marina on Lake Lanier. According to officials underwater standing timber is making the search more difficult, but Game Wardens are back on scene this morning to continue the search until all options have been exhausted.


A man went overboard around 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, in the area of Holiday Marina, according to authorities. 

Hall County Fire Rescue’s Marine Rescue 1 responded to a span of open water between Holiday Marina and Van Pugh South.

Witnesses said the man went overboard from a boat and was missing for roughly 10 minutes before the 911 call.

Marine Rescue 1 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources used sonar to scan 60-80 feet below the surface. 

After 30 minutes, Marine Rescue canceled their rescue operations and turned the scene over to law enforcement for recovery.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office did not have further information.