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Search for woman cut short by weather

Quest to find victim who never resurfaced to resume today

POSTED: September 4, 2014 12:17 a.m.

Hall County divers and Department of Natural Resources rangers continue their search Wednesday for a possible drowning victim on Lake Lanier near Big Creek Park.

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Authorities continued their search Wednesday but still have not found the victim of a possible drowning reported Monday night, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the sheriff’s office searched the waters in the Big Creek Park area following a report that a woman jumped off her boat into the water and never resurfaced.

DNR Public Affairs Officer Mark McKinnon said they “did not have any success in locating the victim” Wednesday.

DNR rangers began searching at approximately 8 a.m. and continued until weather reports caused them to suspend early in the evening, according to McKinnon.

“They have suspended the search until tomorrow because of bad weather that’s moving in,” McKinnon said. “... They have a very large area to search and will resume in the morning, probably around 9 a.m. if the weather is cooperating.”

The entrance to Big Creek Park and the adjacent walking trail were both closed and roped off to the public for the search. Deputy Nicole Bailes, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said the search will continue today in the area.

“We are concentrating in the cove area just out from Big Creek Park’s boat ramp,” she said.

McKinnon said rangers have used side-scan and sector-scan sonar and a remotely operated underwater vehicle for the search over the past two days.

The identity of the suspected victim has not been released by officials, and no incident report has been completed.

The incident was one of four drownings, nine boating incidents and 17 boating under the influence arrests across the state during the Labor Day weekend.

Three injuries from boating incidents and five BUIs occurred on Lake Lanier alone.


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