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Search for missing fisherman continues

POSTED: February 13, 2013 11:46 p.m.
Jim Dean/Times regional staff

Divers use a jet boat to move back and forth between the shore and the search area.

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The search for a missing fisherman on Lake Lanier is set to resume this morning.

The effort continued Wednesday despite cool, cloudy conditions.

Sgt. Greg Colson of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said the multiagency effort was suspended about 3:30 p.m. due to wind.

It is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. today.

On Tuesday, authorities searched until about 5 p.m., when they had to stop because of incoming thunderstorms.

The boat sonar search picked up again about 9 a.m., but the helicopter could not launch in the morning as planned due to the cloud cover, Colson said.

The name of the 47-year-old man has not been released at the request of family members, authorities said.

His 15-foot boat was spotted about 10 p.m. Monday going in circles near Little Ridge Park in eastern Forsyth County.

The DNR was notified and launched the search after rangers found the unoccupied boat out of gas and with a cellphone on board.

Authorities have focused their efforts in the vicinity of where the boat was discovered, which is by the park off Lanier Beach South Road, near Buford Dam.

Colson said visibility on boats is limited at night, and it’s possible the man could have struck something.

“It’s just a different environment. You don’t have streetlights or anything like you would driving a car,” he said.

“You’ve got loud noises behind you. It’s different. Trying to operate a boat at night, it can be stressful.”

Family and friends of the missing man continued to gather on the shore in hopes the search crew would locate him, Colson said.


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