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Buford teen's body found in Lake Lanier

Youth turned up missing after boating accident Saturday night

POSTED: August 28, 2011 1:40 p.m.

Hall County authorities have found the body of a Buford boy who had been feared drowned following a Saturday night boating accident on Lake Lanier in North Hall.

Trevor Jones, 14, was found at 1:10 p.m. during what had been a search of waters off Toto Creek Park, which is near  Ga. 136/Price Road at the Hall-Dawson County line, said Melissa Cummings, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The boy had turned up missing after two boats collided Saturday evening in North Hall County, injuring two others.

Ensuing rescue efforts were called off after dark.

In all, 15 people were aboard the two vessels, Cummings said.

Kaitlyn Smith, 13, of Social Circle, was flown by helicopter to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Jack Struve, 57, of Cumming, suffered a jaw injury and was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell.

All three victims were on the same boat, Cummings said.

Col. Jeff Strickland, chief deputy for the Hall County Sheriff's Office, said Saturday night that the county's dive team had planned to gather at Gainesville Marina at 8 a.m. today to coordinate a search for the boy.

Cummings said other agencies involved in the search included Dawson County Fire Department's K-9 unit, Dawson County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Also, chaplains from the DNR and the Dawson sheriff's office have been on the scene, she added.



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