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Authorities still searching for missing fisherman

POSTED: February 14, 2013 11:18 p.m.

The search for a missing fisherman on Lake Lanier continued Thursday under vastly improved weather conditions.

The multiagency search team endured cold and windy weather Wednesday during the effort to find the 47-year-old man whose 15-foot boat was discovered unmanned on Monday night, said Sgt. Greg Colson of the state Department of Natural Resources.

The family of the man, whose name has not been released, told authorities it wasn’t uncommon for him to go fishing on Lanier and stay out all night.

Colson said no timetable has been placed on ending the search, which began about 10 p.m. Monday.

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

His fishing rod was also found in the water around that area on Tuesday, Colson said.

On Thursday, clear skies allowed the team to search by air, on the shore, with a K9 unit and using sonar from boats and a dive team.


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