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Search to resume Tuesday for Ellenwood man who fell from personal watercraft

POSTED: May 16, 2008 5:01 a.m.
TOM REED/The Times

Hall County Sheriff's Office dive team members Joe Carter, left, and Cory Gilleland pull on the line connected to a sonar unit as they search for drowning victim Broderick Bradford near Aqualand Marina on Monday.

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Members of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team still have not found a 46-year-old Ellenwood man who is presumed drowned after he fell from a personal watercraft near Aqualand Marina.

Today, officers plan to continue their search for Broderick Bradford, 46, with specially trained dogs and sonar devices in water that is approximately 60 feet deep, said Maj. Jeff Strickland.

Bradford was operating a personal watercraft when it overturned at about 7 p.m. Sunday. As he was trying to get back on the device, Bradford disappeared under water and did not resurface. Bradford was not wearing a life jacket at the time, according to the sheriff’s office.

A passenger who was wearing a flotation device was not hurt. Authorities do not suspect foul play.

After the Hall County Sheriff’s Office dive team searched for Bradford until dark Sunday, officers spent Monday searching for Bradford’s body with a Side Scan Sonar device. The dive team had already searched the area, which spans as much as five acres, for Bradford until dark on Sunday, Strickland said.

Witnesses have not been able to tell authorities exactly where Bradford went under water.

The search resumes at 8 a.m. today.

Harris Blackwood contributed to this report.



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