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2 hurt in Friday boat crash on Lake Lanier

State DNR seeks driver of boat who hit watercraft, then fled

POSTED: May 26, 2013 12:47 a.m.
/Department of Natural Resources

This Sea-Doo personal watercraft was struck by a boat late Friday on Lake Lanier near Old Federal Park, injuring two people. The driver of the boat fled the scene and has not been found.

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are seeking the pilot of a boat that struck and injured two people late Friday on Lake Lanier, then fled.

The two unidentified victims were on a personal watercraft struck around midnight near Old Federal Park. They were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.

DNR spokeswoman Melissa Cummings said the victims, a 23-year-old man and 20-year-old woman, were driving a Sea-Doo jet boat. Their names have not yet been released.

“The young man had numerous facial fractures. The female a possible broken left foot and hand, and also facial injuries,” Cummings said. “My understanding is they are at Northeast Georgia in Gainesville, and I believe he was going back in to surgery today.”

Authorities are searching for the driver of the fleeing watercraft. The Sea-Doo was reported to be running at low speeds with its lights on when the collision occurred.

“The driver of the other boat left the scene has not been located, so we are looking for that,” Cummings said. “We’re looking for people to look for any boat they see that looks like it has recent damage, or yellow or white transfer mark — where they hit the Sea-Doo, which is yellow and white. Repair shops, marinas, people visiting any of those locations.

The DNR’s number to call with such tips is 800-241-4113

Authorities have no description of the boat or known direction of travel, Cummings said.

“We don’t have a good description of the boat,” she said. “I’m sure, like a lot of accidents, they were stunned when it happened — it happens before you see it coming. They (victims) don’t recall the boat.”

The crash occurred at the very start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend and a summer season expected to be a busy one, with Lanier at full pool and warm, sunny weather forecast for the weekend. Yet Cummings said this accident wouldn’t count toward holiday weekend accident totals for the lake, which includes Saturday through Monday.


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