Hall County divers pulled Lake Lanier’s third drowning victim this year out of the water just before dark Sunday evening.
Samantha McBride, 26, of Buford disappeared in the water after she jumped off a boat between 7 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday, according to Sgt. Kiley Sargeant of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. She was on a boat in a channel in the Shoal Creek area of Lake Lanier, north of Lake Lanier Islands.
Her body was found at 8:10 p.m. by Hall County Fire Rescue’s Marine Rescue Unit.
The driver of the boat, Michael Paul Andrea, 36, also of Buford, was charged with boating under the influence and was taken into custody by Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials. He was booked in the Hall County Jail and awaiting bond late Sunday.
Sargeant said the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident as a drowning, and no additional charges have been filed. But, he added, the investigation is still early and they are still talking to witnesses.
Last month, 67-year-old David Brown of North Carolina died after jumping into the water near Little Hall Park off Dawsonville Highway. In May, Rohan Mathew, 27, of Lawrenceville was last seen in the waters east of Shady Grove Campground in Forsyth County; his body has not been recovered.