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Boat wreck on Lanier injures 1 on tube

POSTED: July 28, 2013 10:22 p.m.

One person was injured and another person was charged with boating under the influence in a boating accident Sunday evening in the Shoal Creek area of Lake Lanier.

A boater pulling a tube with two people in it made a left turn and slung the tube into another boat, which was reported to be sitting still, according to Sgt. Mike Burgamy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division.

A 31-year-old man in the tube was injured “and was verbally complaining of chest and leg pain,” Burgamy said.

Hall and Gwinnett rescuers responded to the accident, which took place at 6:47 p.m.

A Hall County Fire Services marine rescue unit took the man to Lanier Harbor Marina and transferred him to Gwinnett County Fire, which took him by ambulance to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, authorities said.

The man was “conscious, alert and breathing and was in stable condition,” said Capt. Tommy Rutledge, Gwinnett Fire spokesman.

Andrew Ross Lockey, 37, of Buford, the driver of the boat pulling the tube, was charged with BUI and reckless operation, according to the DNR.


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