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Drowning victim still missing

Search will resume Monday

POSTED: May 20, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The search on Lake Lanier for the body of a presumed drowning victim went for a fourth day without success.

Members of the Hall County Sheriff’s dive team searched for the body of 46-year-old Broderick Bradford near Aqualand Marina from just after sunrise until about 4:30 p.m. Friday before suspending the search for the weekend, Maj. Jeff Strickland said.

The search will resume Monday, he said.

Bradford of Ellenwood went under near a fueling dock at the marina after falling from a personal watercraft about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Hall County Fire Services divers spent part of that night searching for him.

The sheriff’s dive team spent all of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday looking for the body, which is believed to be somewhere within a five-acre area about 100 yards from the shore in waters 60 to 70 feet deep.

Cadaver dogs on loan from the DeKalb County fire department have been used and on Friday witnesses who saw Bradford fall from the watercraft were brought back to the scene, Strickland said.

Divers are suspending the search for the weekend because of high boat traffic in the area and to have an opportunity to rest, Strickland said. He said officials have not decided when they might terminate the search. Plans are for the dive team to continue its search at least through Tuesday, he said.

Bradford was the first drowning victim on Lake Lanier this year. Last year, nine people drowned in the lake.



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