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2 female victims from Lake Lanier boat crash identified
Search continues for 2 men aboard boat that capsized Friday near Cocktail Cove
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The bodies of two women were found Saturday after a boat overturned the day before on Lake Lanier, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Melissa Renee McMahan, 45, of Mount Washington, Ky., and Tammy Reece, 44, of Columbia, Ky., were located with sonar and recovered Saturday morning.

Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Rangers, along with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and the Hall County Fire Department, continued the search for the two men who were aboard: Arthur Gene McMahan Jr., 46, of Mount Washington and Anthony Reece Jr., 44, of Columbia. They had not been found by Saturday evening.

A call came in to Hall County 911 before 4 p.m. Friday of a single-vessel incident just west of Cocktail Cove on the southern end of Lake Lanier.

DNR, Hall County Fire Services and Forsyth County authorities responded to the scene, where they found a 38-foot, tunnel-hull, racing style vessel partially submerged. Other boaters attempted to help, DNR Maj. Stephen Adams said Friday.

According to witnesses, the boat was traveling southbound near Cocktail Cove when it overturned.

DNR Law Enforcement’s Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is conducting an investigation into the cause of the incident.

The preliminary information, Adams said, was that the boat encountered a wake before overturning.

“It was traveling down the lake at a decent speed,” Adams said.

The occupants of the boat were involved with the Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run, which was held Saturday. Participants held a memorial procession prior to the event.

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