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Bodies of all four victims in Friday boat accident on Lanier recovered
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The bodies of the remaining two people missing from a boat that capsized Friday on Lake Lanier have been recovered.

Arthur Gene McMahan Jr., 46, of Mount Washington, Ky., and Anthony Reece, Jr., 44, of Columbia, Ky., were found in about 90 feet of water by Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers, according to a DNR release Sunday morning.

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

Preliminary information shows that their boat encountered a wake before overturning.

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

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 tried to help, Adams said.

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

The state’s Critical Incident Reconstruction Team is continuing to investigate the incident, Adams said.

The McMahans and Reeces were couples involved with the Pirates of Lanier Charity Poker Run, a fundraising event held by Lanier Partners of North Georgia.

In memory of the victims, Saturday’s event began with a “memorial run” procession of boats, from the Buford Dam to the Gainesville Marina.

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