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Drowning victim at Margaritaville on Lake Lanier identified
Lake Lanier

Update: Authorities have identified a man who drowned in Lake Lanier at Margaritaville Sunday, May 29.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon said the body of Jose Camarillo, 20, of Stone Mountain, was found in the swimming area after game wardens used side-scan sonar. Camarillo’s body was recovered by Hall County Fire Rescue.


A 20-year-old man drowned Sunday, May 29, in Lake Lanier at Margaritaville, according to authorities.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon said the man’s body was found in the swimming area after game wardens used side-scan sonar. The body of the man, who has not been identified by law enforcement, was recovered by Hall County Fire Rescue.

McKinnon said Monday, May 30, the department was still looking for the man’s family.

The drowning was the second incident at Margaritaville that DNR responded to this Memorial Day weekend.


DNR game wardens responded Saturday, May 28, to a boat collision where one vessel hit the back of an anchored boat inside Margaritaville, McKinnon said.

No injuries were reported.

DNR also investigated a boating incident between 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday at Three Sisters Island when a kayak and ski boat collided, McKinnon said.

McKinnon said the kayaker suffered severe injuries to their foot, but he did not have further information on these incidents Monday.